A locality near St. Paul's, where the ecelesiastical courts
were formerly held, and wills preserved. To “common” means to dine
together; a term still used at our universities. Doctors' Commons was
so called because the doctors of civil law had to dine together four
days in each term. This was called eating their terms.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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