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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Commons \Com"mons\, n. pl., 1. The mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] 'T is like the commons, rude unpolished hinds, Could send such message to their sovereign. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The word commons in its present ordinary signification comprises all the people who are under the rank of peers. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] It is agreed that the Commons were no part of the great council till some ages after the Conquest. --Hume. [1913 Webster] 3. Provisions; food; fare, -- as that provided at a common table in colleges and universities. [1913 Webster] Their commons, though but coarse, were nothing scant. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. A common; public pasture ground. [1913 Webster] To shake his ears, and graze in commons. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Doctors' Commons, a place near St. Paul's Churchyard in London where the doctors of civil law used to common together, and where were the ecclesiastical and admiralty courts and offices having jurisdiction of marriage licenses, divorces, registration of wills, etc. To be on short commons, to have a small allowance of food. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Common sense
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

doctor \doc"tor\, n. [OF. doctur, L. doctor, teacher, fr. docere to teach. See Docile.] 1. A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge; a learned man. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel. -- Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. An academical title, originally meaning a man so well versed in his department as to be qualified to teach it. Hence: One who has taken the highest degree conferred by a university or college, or has received a diploma of the highest degree; as, a doctor of divinity, of law, of medicine, of music, or of philosophy. Such diplomas may confer an honorary title only. [1913 Webster] 3. One duly licensed to practice medicine; a member of the medical profession; a physician. [1913 Webster] By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death Will seize the doctor too. -- Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency; as, the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous coloring matter; the doctor, or auxiliary engine, called also donkey engine. [1913 Webster] 5. (Zool.) The friar skate. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] Doctors' Commons. See under Commons. Doctor's stuff, physic, medicine. --G. Eliot. Doctor fish (Zool.), any fish of the genus Acanthurus; the surgeon fish; -- so called from a sharp lancetlike spine on each side of the tail. Also called barber fish. See Surgeon fish. [1913 Webster]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

DOCTORS COMMONS. A building in London used for a college of civilians. Here the judge of the court of arches, the judge of the admiralty, and the judge of the court of Canterbury, with other eminent civilians, reside. Commons signifies, in old English, pittance or allowance; because it is meant in common among societies, as Universities, Inns of Courts, Doctors Commons, &c. The Latin word is, demensum a demetiendo; dividing every one his part Minsheu. It is called Doctors Commons, because the persons residing there live in a collegiate commoning together.