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common noun

noun, Grammar
1.
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
1860-1865
1860-65
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Examples from the web for common noun
  • Half of the phrases were proper nouns and the remaining were mostly common noun phrases.
  • Capital letters are an important cue to readers and translators that a term is a proper noun, not a common noun.
British Dictionary definitions for common noun

common noun

noun
1.
(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
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