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:
1860–65

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common noun
 
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grammar Compare proper noun 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

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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.
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