Definition of commonplace

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of commonplace (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from commonplace


commonplaceness noun

Examples of commonplace in a Sentence

Adjective Drug use has become commonplace at rock concerts. He photographed commonplace objects like lamps and bowls. 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Such focus-group testing is commonplace in Hollywood and has been for years. Todd Spangler, Variety, 16 May 2022 Indeed, although wheelchair user zones are commonplace in the elite game, for example, many others’ experiences are perhaps lesser understood. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Such actions are commonplace in other countries, and not just those run by authoritarian regimes like China. Globe Staff,, 13 May 2022 Brawls were commonplace in junior hockey back then — on the ice and sometimes in the stands — and players and coaches antagonized each other constantly between the benches and in the newspapers. oregonlive, 6 May 2022 That's a far more road-relevant form of motorsport, and one where both companies proved new technology that's now commonplace in their road cars. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 2 May 2022 Zakrajsek’s patriotic stance is commonplace in nations that venerate the military. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 The 737-800 (as well as the 737-700, and 737-900, also part of the NG series) is commonplace in the fleets of United, American, and Ryanair. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, 21 Mar. 2022 Many concerning issues that are commonplace in the guardianship and conservatorship process were brought to light. Dan Heching,, 16 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the War for Talent rages on, fertility benefits are becoming more commonplace in an effort to attract top tier employees. Amiah Taylor, Fortune, 13 May 2022 Causing a rare moment of silence from a boisterous crowd of over 50,000 punters, though, Pedri took the bull by the horns and lived up to his nickname in Spain with a piece of genius that is starting to become commonplace for the 19-year-old. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Flowers may never become as commonplace in drinks as fruits or herbs, but their exotic nature is part of their appeal. New York Times, 1 Mar. 2022 But even at a moment in which male genitals have become more commonplace on prestige television, the scene stands out for the variety of the display, as well as the unusual degree of realism. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 In some ways, Brazil is catching up to the trend in the United States and Europe, where larger models have become more commonplace on catwalks. Jack Nicas,, 27 Feb. 2022 However, those recent events were among the top 10 largest marine heat waves in the region since 1982, according to NOAA, an example of how these warming trends have become more commonplace in recent years. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2022 That Putin, a K.G.B. lieutenant colonel in his time, has filled the ranks of the regime with his former cronies, many from his native city of St. Petersburg, is now a commonplace. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 10 Mar. 2022 Hybrid and remote work have become commonplace in the age of the pandemic, stretching from Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C. Declan Harty, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of commonplace


1616, in the meaning defined above


circa 1531, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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.



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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