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commonplace

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noun com·mon·place \ˈkä-mən-ˌplās\

Simple Definition of commonplace

  • : an idea, expression, remark, etc., that is not new or interesting

  • : something that happens or appears in many places and is not unusual

Full Definition of commonplace

  1. 1 archaic :  a striking passage entered in a commonplace book

  2. 2 a :  an obvious or trite comment :  truism b :  something commonly found

Examples of commonplace

  1. It is a commonplace that we only use a small part of our brain's capacity.

  2. We now accept cell phones and laptop computers as commonplaces of everyday life.



Origin of commonplace

translation of Latin locus communis widely applicable argument, translation of Greek koinos topos


First Known Use: 1561


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commonplace

adjective com·mon·place

Simple Definition of commonplace

  • : happening or appearing in many places and not unusual : very common or ordinary

Full Definition of commonplace

  1. :  commonly found or seen :  ordinary, unremarkable <a commonplace occurrence> <the large mergers that had become commonplace>

com·mon·place·ness noun


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