• (GA) IPA: /ˈkɑmənˌpleɪs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒmənˌpleɪs/


  1. Ordinary; not having any remarkable characteristics.
    Synonyms: routine, undistinguished, unexceptional, Thesaurus:hackneyed
    Antonyms: distinguished, inimitable, unique
Translations Noun

commonplace (plural commonplaces)

  1. A platitude or cliché.
  2. Something that is ordinary.
    • 1892, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “A Case of Identity”, in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, OCLC 02541507 ↗, page 56 ↗:
      "My dear fellow," said Sherlock Holmes, as we sat on either side of the fire in his lodgings at Baker Street, "life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. [...]"
  3. A memorandum; something to be frequently consulted or referred to.
    • 1710, Jonathan Swift, A Discourse concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit
      Whatever, in my reading, occurs concerning this our fellow creature, I do never fail to set it down by way of common-place.
  4. A commonplace book.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: fatto normale
  • Portuguese: lugar-comum
  • Russian: банальность
  • Spanish: lugar común

commonplace (commonplaces, present participle commonplacing; past and past participle commonplaced)

  1. To make a commonplace book.
  2. To enter in a commonplace book, or to reduce to general heads.
    • I do not apprehend any difficulty in collecting and commonplacing an universal history from the historians.
  3. (obsolete) To utter commonplaces; to indulge in platitudes.
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