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commonplace

noun com·mon·place \ ˈkä-mən-ˌplās \
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

Definition of commonplace

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

Examples of commonplace in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of commonplace

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


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commonplace

adjective

Definition of commonplace

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

commonplaceness

noun

Examples of commonplace in a Sentence

  1. Drug use has become commonplace at rock concerts.

  2. He photographed commonplace objects like lamps and bowls.

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Origin and Etymology of commonplace


COMMONPLACE Defined for English Language Learners

commonplace

Definition of commonplace for English Language Learners

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

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


commonplace

Definition of commonplace for English Language Learners

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


COMMONPLACE Defined for Kids

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commonplace

adjective com·mon·place \ ˈkä-mən-ˌplās \

Definition of commonplace for Students

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

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commonplace

noun

Definition of commonplace for Students

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


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