common noun

a word that refers to an object which is not the name of a particular person, place or thing

  • a cat, a bag, shoes, ideas

Compare these to proper nouns which refer to the names of people, places and things and must be capitalised:

  • Great Britain, Costa Rica, South Africa, Asia
  • the University of Cambridge, the River Thames, the White House
  • Monday, February

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