commonplace

noun
com·​mon·​place | \ ˈkä-mən-ˌplās How to pronounce commonplace (audio) \

Definition of commonplace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : a striking passage entered in a commonplace book
2a : an obvious or trite comment : truism It is a commonplace that a fool and his money are soon parted.
b : something commonly found A smartphone is a commonplace.

commonplace

adjective

Definition of commonplace (Entry 2 of 2)

: commonly found or seen : ordinary, unremarkable a commonplace occurrence the large mergers that had become commonplace Computers are commonplace in classrooms.

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Other Words from commonplace

Adjective

commonplaceness noun

Examples of commonplace in a Sentence

Noun

It is a commonplace that we only use a small part of our brain's capacity. We now accept cell phones and laptop computers as commonplaces of everyday life.

Adjective

Drug use has become commonplace at rock concerts. He photographed commonplace objects like lamps and bowls.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Frustration has been commonplace for the Brewers against the Cubs in recent years, and it's carried over again to 2018. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers just can't catch a break this season against the Cubs," 27 Apr. 2018 That scene — a mostly female vineyard crew, with just one or two men among them — is commonplace today. San Francisco Chronicle, "Increasingly, California vineyards field a workforce of women," 24 Feb. 2018 As wind power becomes more commonplace, governments and utilities are increasingly demanding more power, which equates to bigger turbines and turbine blades. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "GE Just Switched On Cypress, Its Experimental Next-Gen Wind Turbine," 14 Mar. 2019 This combination — falling numbers of psychiatric hospital beds coupled with rising use of emergency departments by psychiatric patients — has made psychiatric boarding commonplace across the country. Nathaniel Morris, Washington Post, "Suicidal? Be prepared to wait for care.," 19 May 2018 Voter turnouts were pathetic, and that has become commonplace for special elections. George Skelton, latimes.com, "California's special elections are a waste of time and taxpayer money," 9 Apr. 2018 Exoskeletons may one day become commonplace on factory floors, construction sites and film sets. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "Industrial Exoskeletons Give Workers a Lift," 17 Jan. 2019 They are often subjected to smear-campaigns, with threats against their children and attempts to undermine their credibility commonplace; sometimes from within their own communities. Sarah Hurtes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Women Who Risk Everything to Defend the Environment," 30 Nov. 2018 When millennials were in high school, there weren’t as many discussions about arming classroom teachers to fend off would-be attackers; now it’s commonplace. Brian Resnick, Vox, "America’s teens are extremely stressed out about school shootings," 31 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Their reasons for resisting the commonplace instinct to bundle up run deeper. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "What’s Up With Men Who Don’t Wear Coats in Winter?," 8 Jan. 2019 The route runs past the city of Alba, a de facto truffle bazaar during the white truffle season, with sidewalk truffle salesmen as commonplace as hot pretzel vendors in New York. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Why Wine Lovers Flock to a Foggy Corner of Italy," 29 Nov. 2018 The rise of Alchemy 43 and a new beauty website launched by Allergan, Botox’s manufacturer, demonstrates an attempt to make needles as commonplace as mascara wands. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The push to make Botox as common as getting a blowout," 12 Sep. 2018 With traders meeting clients over instant messages instead of cocktails and cigars, jeans and fleece vests are more commonplace. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Dressing for Deals, Wall Street Bankers Face Fashion Pitfalls," 12 Jan. 2019 Package-on-package stacking is already commonplace in the system-on-chip world. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel introduces Foveros: 3D die stacking for more than just memory," 12 Dec. 2018 Lows of 80 degrees and higher, now commonplace, were once very rare. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Washington’s temperature hasn’t dropped below 80 degrees in 80 hours," 5 July 2018 And that would have been such a commonplace reaction in that time. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Caitriona Balfe Is Evolving with Outlander," 31 Dec. 2018 Launched in the Afghan capital in May, the station sheds light on everything from cosmetics (once banned under the Taliban) to women in sports (also previously banned) to domestic violence (tragically still commonplace). Kiana Hayeri, Glamour, "A Look Inside the First All-Female TV News Station In Afghanistan," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of commonplace

Noun

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commonplace

Noun and Adjective

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

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commonplace

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commonplace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal
: an idea, expression, remark, etc., that is not new or interesting
: something that happens or appears in many places and is not unusual

commonplace

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of commonplace (Entry 2 of 2)

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

commonplace

adjective
com·​mon·​place | \ ˈkä-mən-ˌplās How to pronounce commonplace (audio) \

Kids Definition of commonplace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: often seen or met with : ordinary He draws commonplace objects, like fences.

commonplace

noun

Kids Definition of commonplace (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is often seen or met with Crowds are a commonplace of city life.

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