commonplace book

noun

Definition of commonplace book

: a book of memorabilia

Examples of commonplace book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His most unforgettable stories are the ones that set his mannerism against literary forms that stress the essentially social nature of language: the index, the aphorism, the commonplace book, the interview, the e-mail. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, 10 Mar. 2020 Sometime around 1535, Sir Thomas Wyatt, a poet and ambassador in the court of King Henry VIII, had a scribe copy into his personal commonplace book a poem that Wyatt had composed. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, 28 Jan. 2020 The manuscript diary and personal, commonplace book flourished. John Sutherland, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2018 The manuscript diary and personal, commonplace book flourished. John Sutherland, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of commonplace book

1578, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of commonplace book was in 1578

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“Commonplace book.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commonplace%20book. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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