1. [syn: commonalty, commonality, commons]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
commonalty \com"mon*al*ty\, commonality \com`mon*al"i*ty\, n.;
pl. Commonalties. [OF. communalt['e]; F. communaut['e], fr.
communal. See Communal.]
1. The common people; those classes and conditions of people
who are below the rank of nobility; the commons.
The commonalty, like the nobility, are divided into
several degrees. --Blackstone.
The ancient fare of our kings differed from that of
the commonalty in plenteousness only. --Landon.
2. The majority or bulk of mankind. [Obs.] --Hooker.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank
[syn: commonalty, commonality, commons]
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
COMMONALTY, Eng. law. This word signifies, 1st. the common people of
England, as contradistinguished from the king and the nobles; 2d. the body
of a society as the masters, wardens, and commonalty of such a society.