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commonplace

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noun com·mon·place \ˈkä-mən-ˌplās\

Definition of commonplace

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

  2. 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..

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.

Origin and Etymology of commonplace

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


First Known Use: 1561


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commonplace

adjective com·mon·place

Definition of commonplace

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

commonplaceness

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Examples of commonplace in a sentence

  1. Drug use has become commonplace at rock concerts.

  2. He photographed commonplace objects like lamps and bowls.

Origin and Etymology of commonplace

see 1commonplace


First Known Use: 1609


COMMONPLACE Defined for English Language Learners

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commonplace

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noun com·mon·place \ˈkä-mən-ˌplās\

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


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commonplace

adjective com·mon·place

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

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

Definition of commonplace for Students

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


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noun com·mon·place

Definition of commonplace for Students

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



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