- a book in which noteworthy quotations, comments, etc., are written.
Origin of commonplace book
First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for commonplace book
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.
- a notebook in which quotations, poems, remarks, etc, that catch the owner's attention are entered