Definition of commonplace in English:

commonplace

adjective

  • 1Not unusual; ordinary.

    ‘unemployment was commonplace in his trade’
    • ‘With all these commonplace conventions, what is it that makes the file outstanding?’
    • ‘The most commonplace events are also opportunities, life-determining choices made or not made.’
    • ‘Like it or not, sponsorship deals between companies and the athletic teams are very commonplace not only in the world of pro sports but at SFU as well.’
    • ‘The talent of the comic is to make commonplace events remarkable.’
    • ‘He insists that what he is doing is to configure the commonplace issues of ordinary life.’
    • ‘He soon discovered that death was a commonplace event.’
    • ‘This is Realism at its most powerful, turning a commonplace event into an historical one.’
    • ‘The survey showed committees were far more commonplace where trade unions had representation.’
    • ‘In Rome, assassination would have been a relatively commonplace event; especially for people of the higher class.’
    • ‘The loss of a job - a sadly commonplace event in today's turbulent economic climate - is not just a blow to the wallet, but a severe hit to the psyche.’
    • ‘Human rights violations are not some sort of other worldly event, they are sometimes very commonplace.’
    • ‘A vandalised car, all but ignored by passers-by, reflects how commonplace minor crime has become in small towns.’
    • ‘A commonplace event, one would assume on a hot day.’
    • ‘Using a computer is becoming more commonplace and sometimes is an absolute necessity for your child to complete his homework assignments.’
    • ‘It would only be a matter of time before electronic devices became commonplace objects in the classroom.’
    • ‘An everyday tale of a commonplace ballet company!’
    • ‘He advocated that literature should record the writer's affectionate response to ordinary phenomena and commonplace happenings.’
    • ‘It is also, we must never forget, made from joy and the celebration of simple and ordinary and commonplace things and events.’
    • ‘This is perfectly possible for even an ordinary club level sailor - it is quite commonplace not to have to qualify for an event.’
    • ‘None of the others had noticed the little scene; it was an event too commonplace to mark.’
    common, normal, usual, ordinary, familiar, routine, standard, everyday, day-to-day, daily, regular, frequent, habitual, conventional, typical, unexceptional, unremarkable
    ordinary, run-of-the-mill, middle-of-the-road, mainstream, unremarkable, unexceptional, undistinguished, uninspired, unexciting, unmemorable, forgettable, indifferent, average, so-so, mediocre, pedestrian, prosaic, lacklustre, dull, bland, uninteresting, mundane, everyday, quotidian, humdrum, hackneyed, trite, banal, clichéd, predictable, overused, overdone, overworked, stale, worn out, time-worn, tired, unoriginal, derivative
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    1. 1.1Not interesting or original; trite.
      ‘the usual commonplace remarks’
      • ‘Our visitor bore every mark of being an average commonplace British tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow.’
      • ‘The seemingly forward question sounded very trite and commonplace in the blunt honest tone she used.’
      • ‘So much more interesting than the flat, filmed performances with irritating cutting that are now commonplace.’
      • ‘Yet measles, malnutrition and diarrhoea remain tediously commonplace causes of death in all too many parts of it in the first years of the twenty-first century.’
      • ‘If you think buffets are commonplace and boring, just try the beverage buffet.’
      • ‘After a few more exceedingly commonplace remarks of the same character, she gave me to write down a list of drugs that were to be taken.’
      • ‘Peace would be all too commonplace and boring, not to mention that it couldn't possibly involve the kind of firepower you're accustomed to.’
      • ‘Partly to reinforce the commonplace argument that there will always be a special cultural relationship between Scotland and England and that independence would not disrupt that.’
      • ‘These types of self-congratulatory remarks are commonplace and formulaic.’
      • ‘It had been fed to us for a long time, and therefore, we looked at it as a tedious and commonplace state of things.’
      • ‘The commonplace pessimistic argument points out that since low interest rates have been good for the economy, higher interest rates will be bad.’
      • ‘This approach in Chinese cinema, however, was entirely absent from the films screened in Sydney, which were bland and artistically commonplace works.’
      • ‘In a word, Liz will be quite a commonplace, average girl of the lower working-class…’
      • ‘He is never dull and even his more commonplace chapters are enlivened with fascinating detail or asides.’
      • ‘Now 60 years on, the process has been repeated, but reversed, as the commonplace colour of modern films returns to nostalgic black and white.’

noun

  • 1A usual or ordinary thing.

    ‘bombing has become almost a commonplace of public life there’
    • ‘I thought they approved of that sort of thing - indeed, they want such scenes to be a commonplace in Her Majesty's Forces.’
    • ‘It used to be a commonplace that activities aimed at uncovering truth and knowledge set about the relatively simple tasks of making observations and recording results.’
    • ‘It had been a historical commonplace to view the long interval between Archimedes and Galileo as a period of unrelieved ignorance and superstition.’
    • ‘And before the vote it had been a commonplace to say that it was the most important election of our lifetimes.’
    • ‘The argument is in fact a commonplace of political science.’
    • ‘Dixon is the kind of ordinary hero who had become a commonplace of Ealing films during the war period.’
    • ‘The novelty of the new popular poetry is not its mass appeal; that was a commonplace in American culture in the late nineteenth century.’
    • ‘The latter, a commonplace in the West, is a new concept for the Japanese.’
    • ‘It has become a commonplace for playwrights to require actors to play several different parts, and at times a mere two actors is all that is needed to portray several dozen characters.’
    • ‘Then he makes a characteristic move: you see how he is able to invest the ordinary, the commonplace, with mystery.’
    • ‘It is a commonplace in Germany that elections are decided by the middle.’
    • ‘Answer: This is a commonplace at a badly run lab.’
    • ‘It's also one that mentions God as a source of inspiration: something that is rarely mentioned so plainly elsewhere but is a commonplace in country songs.’
    • ‘Whatever you are looking for we have it in the collection, from the endangered to the commonplace.’
    • ‘Matches between female boxers have become a commonplace - if not widely accepted - part of the sport.’
    • ‘It is a commonplace in the West that governments should be as democratic as possible.’
    • ‘His poetry and fiction celebrates the ordinary and commonplace, striving for a transformation that might well be magical.’
    • ‘This is a commonplace of life in the poorest neighbourhood in Vancouver.’
    • ‘The point is only driven home by seeing something that has become a commonplace represented as something surprising.’
    • ‘Tales of the commonplace, stories about the small things that make up our daily existence, can be fascinating.’
    everyday event, everyday thing
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    1. 1.1A trite saying or topic; a platitude.
      ‘it is a commonplace to talk of the young being alienated’
      • ‘It has become a commonplace to say of biographies of Plath that they take sides.’
      • ‘And what is perhaps the most troubling feature of her writing is her tendency to use commonplaces and cliches and undefined terms as if their meaning were indisputable and clear.’
      • ‘It's always good to have critical commonplaces questioned, even if you end up reaffirming them.’
      • ‘My only knowledge of francophone Caribbean literature consisted of a few commonplaces and catchphrases.’
      • ‘Alas, its open expression is now a commonplace.’
      • ‘So instead politicians almost uniformly retreat to the safety of the platitude and commonplace.’
      • ‘Sontag acknowledges that she is stating a commonplace when she notes the ‘erotic lure [of] things that are vile and repulsive’.’
      • ‘The final pages are full of journalistic commonplaces - ‘Western-style consumerism is unsustainable on a global scale’.’
  • 2A notable passage in a work copied into a commonplace book.

Origin

Mid 16th century (originally common place): translation of Latin locus communis, rendering Greek koinos topos general theme.

Pronunciation:

commonplace

/ˈkɒmənpleɪs/