Common etymology


English word common comes from Latin munus, Proto-Indo-European *ko-moin-i, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) comun (Common.)

Etymology of common

Detailed word origin of common

Dictionary entry Language Definition
munus Latin (lat) A burden, duty, obligation. A gift. A service, favor. A service, office, employment. A spectacle, public show.
*ko-moin-i Proto-Indo-European (ine)
communis Latin (lat) (grammar) having both qualities of a subdivided category, such as a verb with both an active and a passive meaning, or a syllable being either long or short.. (of manners) familiar, accessible, courteous. Common, ordinary, commonplace, universal. Democratic; representing the common sentiment. Of or for the community, public.
comun Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Common.
comun Anglo-Norman (xno)
comun Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
common English (en) (grammar) In some languages, particularly Germanic languages, of the gender originating from the coalescence of the masculine and feminine categories of nouns.. (grammar) Of or pertaining to common nouns as opposed to proper nouns.. (obsolete) Given to lewd habits; prostitute.. (obsolete) Profane; polluted.. Found in large numbers or in a large quantity.. Mutual; shared by more than one.. [...]

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