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commonplace book

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noun
  1. a book in which noteworthy quotations, comments, etc., are written.
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Origin of commonplace book

First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for commonplace book

Historical Examples

  • Every one has his and her own way of keeping a commonplace-book.

    The Private Library

    Arthur L. Humphreys

  • I have a commonplace-book for facts, and another for poetry.

    Concord Days

    A. Bronson Alcott

  • She has evidently just taken up this study; her exercises show the same thoroughness she exhibited in her German commonplace-book.

    The Story of a Life

    J. Breckenridge Ellis

  • Mr. Monroe took up his commonplace-book, and made memorandums of my statements respecting the mines.

  • Distrust the gentleman in the plush terminations; he, too, is a penny-a-liner, and keeps a commonplace-book in the pantry.


British Dictionary definitions for commonplace book

commonplace book

noun
  1. a notebook in which quotations, poems, remarks, etc, that catch the owner's attention are entered
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