Now I finally understand a college dining commons!
at Oxford (c1891), a definite portion of victuals supplied from the college buttery or kitchen, at a regular charge…
In wider sense: Rations, allowance of victuals; daily fare.
- 8.049 even after weeks of short commons.
“commons, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2016. Web. 28 June 2016.