Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Public grounds; the lower house of parliament; English freeholders not of the peerage.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    1. The class of subjects in Great Britain exclusive of the royal famlly and the nobility. They are represented in parliament by the house of commons.
    2. Part of the demesne land of a manor, (or land the property of which was in the lord,) which, being uncultivated, was termed the "lord's waste," and served for public roads and for common of pasture to the lord and his tenants. 2 BL Comm. 90.