common nounnoun [ C ]uk /ˌkɒm.ən ˈnaʊn/ us /ˌkɑː.mən ˈnaʊn/ specialized
- Can you tell the difference between a common noun and a proper noun?
- In the sentence 'Mary had a little lamb', there is one common noun.
- Names of places are proper nouns, not common nouns.
- A common noun doesn't usually begin with a capital letter unless it is at the beginning of the sentence.
- The phrase "a jug of water" contains two common nouns - one countable and one uncountable.
Examples from literature
- Boy is applied in common to all young males of the human species, and as such is a common noun or name.
- Common nouns are names applied to a whole kind or species.
- From your reading bring up sentences containing ten common nouns, five proper, five abstract.
- It is easy to see that when we have named these class ideas we have our list of common nouns.
- It will be observed that in many places I have capitalized the common noun Lake.