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Definition of Commons


  1. The mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people.
  2. The House of Commons, or lower house of the British Parliament, consisting of representatives elected by the qualified voters of counties, boroughs, and universities.
  3. Provisions; food; fare, -- as that provided at a common table in colleges and universities.
  4. A club or association for boarding at a common table, as in a college, the members sharing the expenses equally; as, to board in commons.
  5. A common; public pasture ground.

Commons Quotations

In an approximate way, the logic of commons has been understood for a long time, perhaps since the discovery of agriculture or the invention of private property in real estate.
Garrett Hardin

Now that the House of Commons is trying to become useful, it does a great deal of harm.
Oscar Wilde

No man is regular in his attendance at the House of Commons until he is married.
Benjamin Disraeli

If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.
Winston Churchill

The rise of capitalist practice and morality brought with it a radical revision of how the commons are treated, and also of how they are conceived.
Noam Chomsky
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