Commonplace Definition

kŏmən-plās
commonplaces
adjective
Neither new nor interesting; obvious or ordinary.
Webster's New World
Uninteresting; unremarkable.
American Heritage
noun
commonplaces
A trite or obvious remark; truism; platitude.
Webster's New World

A passage marked for reference or included in a commonplace book.

Webster's New World
Anything common or ordinary.
Webster's New World

A memorandum; something to be frequently consulted or referred to.

Wiktionary
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verb
To make a commonplace book.
Wiktionary
To enter in a commonplace book, or to reduce to general heads.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Commonplace

Noun

Singular:
commonplace
Plural:
commonplaces

Origin of Commonplace

  • 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

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

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

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