how to pronounce commons


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the above transcription of commons is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

commons is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of commons in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… ordained by the lords and Commons in …”

meanings of commons


  1. Food in general; rations.
  2. A dining hall, usually at a college or university.
  3. The mutual good of all; the abstract concept of resources shared by more than one, for example air, water, information.
  4. Food served at a fixed rate from the college buttery, distinguished from battels.
  5. An outhouse.
  6. A central section of (usually an older) town, designated as a shared area, a common.
  7. Plural of common.


  1. The House of Commons, part of the parliament under the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy.
  2. A surname​.


  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of common.

commons frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word commons occurs in english on average 4.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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