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commonplace book

a book in which noteworthy quotations, comments, etc., are written.
Origin of commonplace book
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For what though his head be empty, provided his commonplace book be full?

  • It is a very useful kind of commonplace book, and soon becomes as fascinating as autumn and spring catalogues.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • In his commonplace book, begun in 1783, we have ever-recurring hints of his devoting himself to poetry.

    Robert Burns Gabriel Setoun
  • I suppose because nothing really worth noting has occurred, and it is not for nothing that a diary is called a commonplace book.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • A commonplace book contains many notions in garrison, whence the owner may draw out an army into the field on competent warning.

  • And yet it appears to have been deliberately copied with some amplification from an entry in his last year's commonplace book.

    Robert Burns Principal Shairp.
  • Elizabeth Eliza's commonplace book has been found among the family papers, and will be published here for the first time.

    The Last of the Peterkins Lucretia P. Hale
  • He entered it in his commonplace book within thirty years of Shakespeare's death.

  • Each girl brought a commonplace book to the recitation room to take notes as I talked.

    Memories and Anecdotes Kate Sanborn
British Dictionary definitions for commonplace book

commonplace book

a notebook in which quotations, poems, remarks, etc, that catch the owner's attention are entered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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