Definition of commonplace book in English:

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commonplace book



A book into which notable extracts from other works are copied for personal use.
Example sentences
  • I'm not sure how many people these days keep a commonplace book - a notebook in which to collect interesting and useful quotations for later reference.
  • He or she was a committed dweller of libraries, a writer in margins, and a keeper of commonplace books, often with personalized cross-referencing systems.
  • One young woman named Mary Flower copied into her commonplace book a poem on women's power called, ironically, ‘The Withered Rose.’

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