- 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: literally translated, translation of Classical Latin locus communis, Classical Greek koinos topos, general topic
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- a. A trite or obvious remark; a platitude: “the solidified commonplaces of established wisdom” (John Simon). See Synonyms at cliché.b. Something that is ordinary or common.
- Archaic A passage marked for reference or entered in a commonplace book.
Origin: Translation of Latin locus commūnis, generally applicable literary passage, translation of Greek koinos topos.
- comˈmon·placeˌness noun