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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Example sentences
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.
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