Belonging to or pertaining to the general public. Common lands, also known as public lands, are those that are set aside for use by the community at large, such as parks and public recreation areas. Common also means habitual or recurring, such as offenses that are committed frequently or repeatedly. A common thief is one who has been repeatedly convicted of LARCENY. Something that is common is owned equally by two or more people, such as a piece of land. A TENANCY IN COMMON is an interest in land wherein at least two people share ownership.