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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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  • We must anticipate some years to find a comment in the commonplace book of a Connecticut girl.

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

    Robert Burns Gabriel Setoun
  • A commonplace book contains many notions in garrison, whence the owner may draw out an army into the field on competent warning.

  • He was calm in the conviction that he could measure and calculate the universe, and draw its plan in his commonplace book.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • 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.
  • She had copied them into her commonplace book, doubtless without guile.

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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