Definition of common noun in English:

common noun


  • A noun denoting a class of objects or a concept as opposed to a particular individual.

    Often contrasted with proper noun
    • ‘Making a common noun plural usually means adding an s or changing the ending of the original word.’
    • ‘Tell students that common nouns are not capitalized and proper nouns are capitalized.’
    • ‘It is a common mistake to capitalise a common noun that is an important word in a sentence.’
    • ‘One project in the Centre focused on how children distinguish between proper names and common nouns.’
    • ‘All other nouns begin with small letters and are common nouns.’


common noun

/ˈkämən noun/