Definition of Common noun

1. Noun. A noun that denotes any or all members of a class.

Generic synonyms: Noun
Specialized synonyms: Deverbal Noun, Verbal Noun, Adnoun
Antonyms: Proper Noun

Definition of Common noun

1. 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." ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Common Noun

common mosquito
common mugwort
common mullein
common multiple
common multiples
common murre
common myrtle
common nail
common nails
common name
common names
common nardoo
common newt
common nightingale
common nightshade
common noun (current term)
common nouns
common nuisance
common nutcracker
common oak
common opossum
common opsonin
common or garden
common or garden variety
common osier
common palmar digital artery
common palmar digital nerves
common pea
common people
common pepper

Literary usage of Common noun

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Journal by National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of English Secondary Section (1919)
"Clearly, according to the simplest conception of the common noun, "Swammerdam" is here a common noun. Such a use is very common, and the noun is capitalized ..."

2. English Grammar in Familiar Lectures: Embracing a New Systematic Order of by Samuel Kirkham (1845)
"The distinction between a common und a proper noun, is very obvious For example : boy is a common noun, because it is a name applied to all boys ..."

3. Syntax of Early Latin by Charles Edwin Bennett (1914)
"... apposition with a common noun, used as an attributive modifier ; CIL, i, 198,17, in urbe Roma. MEA, TUA RE PERT.1 Several theories of the origin of this ..."

4. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"In official language or a familiar style, definite persons or organizations are called not by their proper name but by some common noun that represents the ..."

5. An Advanced English Grammar: With Exercises by George Lyman Kittredge, Frank Edgar Farley (1913)
"A common noun is a name which may be applied to any one of a class of persons, ... A common noun becomes a proper noun when used as the particular name of a ..."

6. Projects in Action English: Socialized Recitations in Composition and Grammar by Fannie O. Johansen (1920)
"Required: a proper and a common noun. SENTENCES 1. The messenger boy brought a ... Captain Dorr—proper noun. fireplace—common noun. library—common noun. 4. ..."

7. A Grammar of the English Language, in a Series of Letters: Intended for the by William Cobbett (1883)
"Botley is a proper Noun, because all villages have not this name; but village is a common noun, because all villages are called by that name: the name is ..."

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