Commonplace meaning

kŏmən-plās
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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.

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Uninteresting; unremarkable.
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Ordinary; common.

A period when labor strikes were commonplace.

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A passage marked for reference or entered in a commonplace book.
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A passage marked for reference or included in a commonplace book.
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A trite or obvious remark; truism; platitude.
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Anything common or ordinary.
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Neither new nor interesting; obvious or ordinary.
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A platitude or cliché.
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Something that is ordinary.
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A memorandum; something to be frequently consulted or referred to.
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To make a commonplace book.
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To enter in a commonplace book, or to reduce to general heads.

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Origin of commonplace

  • Translation of Latin locus commūnis generally applicable literary passage translation of Greek koinos topos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A calque of Latin locus commūnis, referring to a generally applicable literary passage, itself is a calque of Ancient Greek κοινός τόπος (koinos topos).

    From Wiktionary