- The potential for confusion with use of the noun as an adjective, especially in the UK, makes this form less desirable. It is much less commonly used than "more common".
commoner (plural commoners)
- A member of the common people who holds no title or rank.
- (Britain) Someone who is not of noble rank.
- All below them [the peers], even their children, were commoners, and in the eye of the law equal to each other.
- (Britain, Oxbridge slang) An undergraduate who does not hold either a scholarship or an exhibition.
- (obsolete, Britain, Oxford University slang) A student who is not dependent on any foundation for support, but pays all university charges; at Cambridge called a pensioner.
1886, Fuller, Rev. Morris Joseph, “College Days (Sydney-Sussex). 1629-1631”, in The Life, Times and Writings of Thomas Fuller, D.D., volume 1, 2nd edition, London: S. Sonnenschein, Le Bas & Lowrey, pages 68–69:
- There are to this day fellow-commoners at Queens , and surely such a distinguished commoner as Fuller would have been allowed to remain on that foundation, in which he had spent seven years, in this new capacity. The expense would have been about the same, and the only way in which I can account for his migration is either pique at being passed over, or the friendship of so famed a theologian as Dr. Ward.
- Someone holding common rights because of residence or land ownership in a particular manor, especially rights on common land.
- Francis Bacon
- Much good land might be gained from forests […] and from other commonable places, so as always there be a due care taken that the poor commoners have no injury.
- Francis Bacon
- (obsolete) One sharing with another in anything.
1651, Fuller, Thomas, Abel Redevivus; republished as chapter 1, in The Life, Times and Writings of Thomas Fuller, D.D., volume 2, London: S. Sonnenschein, Le Bas & Lowrey, 1886, page 20:
- From the Counsell he was carried home to the Prison, and there for many days kept with bread and water, so that had the proudest Anchorite, pretending to the highest abstinence, been Commoner with him, it would have tried his swiftest Devotion to keepe pace with him.
- (obsolete) A prostitute.
- (member of the common people): For semantic relationships of this sense, see commoner in the Thesaurus.
- (prostitute): For semantic relationships of this sense, see prostitute in the Thesaurus.
a member of the common people