Definition of commonplace in English:


Syllabification: com·mon·place
Pronunciation: /ˈkämənˌplās



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  • 1A usual or ordinary thing: bombing has become almost a commonplace of public life there
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    • Then he makes a characteristic move: you see how he is able to invest the ordinary, the commonplace, with mystery.
    • His poetry and fiction celebrates the ordinary and commonplace, striving for a transformation that might well be magical.
    • Dixon is the kind of ordinary hero who had become a commonplace of Ealing films during the war period.
    everyday event, routine
  • 1.1A trite saying or topic; a platitude: it is a commonplace to talk of the young being alienated
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    • So instead politicians almost uniformly retreat to the safety of the platitude and commonplace.
    • And what is perhaps the most troubling feature of her writing is her tendency to use commonplaces and cliches and undefined terms as if their meaning were indisputable and clear.
    • My only knowledge of francophone Caribbean literature consisted of a few commonplaces and catchphrases.
    platitude, cliché, truism, hackneyed phrase, trite phrase, old chestnut, banality
    dated bromide
  • 2A notable quotation copied into a commonplace book.



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  • Opera however is an old means for achieving togetherness that overcomes commonplaceness and produces happiness.
  • Written in short lengths for newspaper serialization, the autobiography is not a literary masterpiece, but it is the more impressive because of the commonplaceness of much of its material.
  • It simply exists in an inoffensive and unexciting realm of commonplaceness that makes it incapable of standing out among the pack of infinitely better racers available for any of its chosen platforms.


mid 16th century (originally common place): translation of Latin locus communis, rendering Greek koinos topos 'general theme'.

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