What does the word commonwealth mean?

Usage examples for commonwealth

  1. Thus the Republic had placed itself in as proud a position as it was possible for commonwealth or kingdom to occupy. – The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I. by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  2. William Penn, his mind warmed with a broad philanthropy, and enlightened by liberal views of human government and human rights, planted on the banks of the Delaware the colony which, vivified by the principles it embodied, grew into the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania. – The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada by Francis Parkman
  3. This, however, disguised, was nothing else than the Individualism of Nations, a heresy even more disastrous to the commonwealth of the world than the Individualism of the Individual. – Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson