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n.1.A student at Cambridge University, England, who commons, or dines, at the Fellow's table.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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He matriculated at Trinity College, Oxford, in 1777, became a fellow-commoner, and graduated as Doctor of Civil Law in 1788.(15) Until Autumn 1785 Colls seems to have lived uninterruptedly in Norfolk; therefore it must be considered extremely unlikely that he could have known James.
Firstly, fellow-commoners (or gentleman-commoners) were students of aristocratic origin who paid for their education but were set above the majority of the undergraduate body because of their social rank.
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