Definition of commonage in English:


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  • 1mainly British The right of pasturing animals on common land.

    ‘Several of his neighbours with rights to commonage beside Michael's land also had turbines erected.’
    • ‘In February 2001 the Minister for Finance made a declaration to 40 local farmers which acknowledged and established their commonage and grazing rights on the lands.’
    • ‘In 2001 40 farmers established their commonage and grazing rights on the 426 acres of land.’
    • ‘What is even more worrying is where a farm has not used his land and commonage for a number of years he now finds that his property is almost valueless.’
    • ‘All farmers with ewe quota and commonage must comply with the relevant framework plan in order to be eligible for direct payments from the Department of Agriculture.’
    • ‘Farmers can appeal their commonage on an individual basis.’
    • ‘Any farmer with commonage has been paid.’
    • ‘Farmers have to either accept the recommended destocking level; have it checked by an agricultural consultant or opt out of using their commonage altogether.’
    • ‘Sheep farmers with commonage have been informed that their sheep quota has been cut as stated in letters sent out by the Department of Agriculture.’
    1. 1.1Land held in common.
      ‘However, arable land, dwellings and residences were lost, access to commonage denied and development promised by the betterment never materialised.’
      • ‘It has around 10 acres of land and a half share of 34 acres of commonage.’
      • ‘This came to a head last week when local farmers were in confrontation with local police concerning a group of horses, which had been grazing on the mountain commonage.’
      • ‘The wind farm is being constructed on commonage.’
      • ‘The building is situated next to the legislature and very close to a bushy open commonage, where various species of snakes have found a haven.’
      • ‘The farm consists of green and bog-type land with a share in commonage.’
      • ‘The Heath commonage has had a chequered legal history with local animal owners obtaining grazing rights to the lands owned by the State.’
      • ‘Mr. O'Connor also criticised them for not publishing the results of Commonage Framework Plans which will determine sustainable stocking levels on commonage.’
      • ‘The Lally's farm 43 ha of inside land as well as 142 ha of commonage.’
      • ‘For example, if sheep grazing on commonage lost their markings, quick traditional methods were to hand to allocate the animals and so avoid the creaky slowness of the law.’
  • 2mainly British The common people; the commonalty.



/ˈkämənij/ /ˈkɑmənɪdʒ/