- The definition of commonplace is ordinary or normal.
A regular old piece of furniture bought at a big box store and not antique or one-of-a-kind is an example of something that might be described as commonplace.
- Obsolete a passage marked for reference or included in a commonplace book
- a trite or obvious remark; truism; platitude
- anything common or ordinary
Origin of commonplaceliterally translated, translation of Classical Latin locus communis, Classical Greek koinos topos, general topic
- Ordinary; common: a period when labor strikes were commonplace.
- Uninteresting; unremarkable: “his disappointment at finding his child so commonplace” (Jane Stevenson).
- a. A trite or obvious saying; a platitude: “the solidified commonplaces of established wisdom” (John Simon).b. Something, especially an occurrence, that is ordinary or common: “These stories dealt only with the commonplaces of life” (Jack London).
- Archaic A passage marked for reference or entered in a commonplace book.
Origin of commonplaceTranslation of Latin locus commūnis, generally applicable literary passage, translation of Greek koinos topos.
(comparative more commonplace, superlative most commonplace)
(third-person singular simple present commonplaces, present participle commonplacing, simple past and past participle commonplaced)
- To make a commonplace book.
- To enter in a commonplace book, or to reduce to general heads.
A calque of Latin locus commūnis, referring to a generally applicable literary passage, itself is a calque of Ancient Greek κοινός τόπος (koinos topos).