- ordinary; undistinguished or uninteresting; without individuality: a commonplace person.
- trite; hackneyed; platitudinous: a commonplace remark.
- a well-known, customary, or obvious remark; a trite or uninteresting saying.
- anything common, ordinary, or uninteresting.
- Archaic. a place or passage in a book or writing noted as important for reference or quotation.
Origin of commonplace
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Related Words for commonplacemundane, customary, prevalent, normal, obvious, typical, natural, mainstream, plebeian, familiar, vanilla, pedestrian, middling, humdrum, ordinary, starch, stereotype, platitude, tag, prose
Examples from the Web for commonplace
Contemporary Examples of commonplace
When it comes to setting up a reward, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service considers “$50,000 commonplace.”Post Office Robbers More Wanted Than ISIS
December 13, 2014
The god with horns—half human, half beast—is commonplace throughout the ancient Near East.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
December 5, 2014
In a press release accompanying the video, Roberts said that such behavior is commonplace on New York streets—and in her own life.Street Harassment Shouldn’t Be a Crime
October 29, 2014
Shady political operatives and campaign finance scandals are commonplace.The Time Michele Bachmann Was Right
August 31, 2014
Forced marriage is commonplace, and was only made a crime in June of this year.How Britain Made James Foley's Killer
August 27, 2014
Historical Examples of commonplace
It is a curious question why sacred song should so often be dull and commonplace.Weighed and Wanting
The "missing fourth side" of the room is a commonplace recognized by all.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
You will not tire of it as you will of that which has but a commonplace form or pattern.
Nature is as plain as one of her pigs, as commonplace, as comic, and as healthy.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
But try as I might, I could only devise something so commonplace that I let the clay spoil.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- ordinary; everydaycommonplace duties
- dull and obvious; tritecommonplace prose
- something dull and trite, esp a remark; platitude; truism
- a passage in a book marked for inclusion in a commonplace book, etc
- an ordinary or common thing