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common noun

noun, Grammar
a noun that may be preceded by an article or other limiting modifier and that denotes any or all of a class of entities and not an individual, as man, city, horse, music.
Also called common name.
Compare proper noun.
Origin of common noun
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for common nouns
  • Both proper and common nouns are found to connote the attributes of objects as their content.
  • The literary text will probably contain pronouns and high-frequency common nouns that are identified later in the text.
  • Do not capitalize the first letter of generic or common nouns.
  • The only exceptions are those acronyms that have become accepted as common nouns, which are written in lower case.
British Dictionary definitions for common nouns

common noun

(grammar) a noun that refers to each member of a whole class sharing the features connoted by the noun, as for example planet, orange, and drum Compare proper noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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