A commons is a piece of land that belongs to everyone in a community. The commons in the middle of a village might be a green space that's available for gatherings and celebrations.

One way to think of the commons is as public land or space — roadways, town parks, public beaches, and sidewalks could all potentially be defined as part of the commons. Nobody owns the commons, and when some part of it becomes privately owned, it's called privatization. The word commons comes from the Latin root communis, which means both "in common, shared by all, or general," and also "common property."

Definitions of commons
  1. noun
    a pasture subject to common use
    synonyms: common land
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    type of:
    grazing land, lea, ley, pasture, pastureland
    a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock
  2. noun
    a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
    synonyms: common, green, park
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    Central Park
    a large park in Manhattan
    an amusement park in Anaheim created in 1955 by Walt Disney
    Walt Disney World
    a large amusement park established in 1971 to the southwest of Orlando
    amusement park, funfair, pleasure ground
    a commercially operated park with stalls and shows for amusement
    village green
    a village park consisting of a plot of grassy land
    theme park
    an amusement park that is organized around some theme (as the world of tomorrow)
    type of:
    parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
    an extended area of land
  3. noun
    a class composed of persons lacking clerical or noble rank
    synonyms: commonality, commonalty
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    type of:
    class, social class, socio-economic class, stratum
    people having the same social, economic, or educational status
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