common noun
noun Date: 1656 a noun that may occur with limiting modifiers (as a or an, some, every, and my) and that designates any one of a class of beings or things

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  • Common noun — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • common noun — n in grammar, a common noun is any noun that is not the name of a particular person, place, or thing. For example, book, sugar , and stuff are common nouns →↑proper noun, noun ↑noun …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • common noun — noun a noun that denotes any or all members of a class • Ant: ↑proper noun • Hypernyms: ↑noun • Hyponyms: ↑verbal noun, ↑deverbal noun, ↑adnoun * * * noun, pl ⋯ nouns [count] …   Useful english dictionary

  • common noun — noun (C) technical in grammar, a common noun is any noun that is not the name of a particular person, place, or thing: Book and sugar are common nouns. compare proper noun, see also noun …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • common noun — noun count LINGUISTICS a noun that is not the name of a particular person or thing. For example, dog and paper are common nouns, but Mary and New York are proper nouns …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • common noun — common nouns N COUNT A common noun is a noun such as tree , water , or beauty that is not the name of one particular person or thing. Compare proper noun …   English dictionary

  • common noun — noun A noun that can be preceded by an indefinite article, and denotes any member, or all members of a class; an ordinary noun such as dog or city. The Butlers had been serving the Fowls for centuries. It had always been that way. Indeed, there… …   Wiktionary

  • common noun — ► NOUN ▪ a noun referring to a class of objects or a concept as opposed to a particular individual …   English terms dictionary

  • common noun — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms common noun : singular common noun plural common nouns linguistics a noun that is not the name of a particular person or thing. For example, dog and paper are common nouns, but Mary and New York are proper… …   English dictionary

  • common noun — noun Grammar a noun denoting a class of objects or a concept as opposed to a particular individual. Often contrasted with proper noun …   English new terms dictionary

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