commonplace book


: a book of memorabilia

Examples of commonplace book in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Garner, whose book reviews are a highlight of the Times culture pages, serves up a commonplace book composed of literary quotations, advice for living, recipes, and a heaping side order of memoir. Condé Nast, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 After his wife left him in 1642, John Milton processed it in his commonplace book, chronicling a reading binge about bad marriages. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 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, 13 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1572, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commonplace book was in 1572

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“Commonplace book.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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