not unusual; ordinary:
unemployment was commonplace in his profession.
not interesting or original; trite:
the usual commonplace remarks.
a usual or ordinary thing.
a trite saying or topic; a platitude.
a notable quotation copied into a commonplace book.
ORIGIN: mid 16th cent. (originally common place): translation of Latin locus communis, rendering Greek koinos topos ‘general theme.’
, ace, apace, backspace, base, bass, brace, case, chase, dace, efface, embrace, encase, enchase, enlace, face, grace, interlace, interspace, in-your-face, lace, mace, misplace, outface, outpace, pace, place, plaice, race, space, Thrace
, trace, upper case
•airbase • freebase • wheelbase
•database • steeplechase • paperchase
•paleface • typeface • whiteface
•boldface • coalface • interface
•staircase • briefcase • slipcase
•packing case • doorcase • showcase
•notecase • pillowcase • suitcase
•bookcase • nutcase • marketplace
•anyplace • everyplace • showplace
•shoelace • bootlace • someplace
•Lovelace • fireplace • commonplace
•workplace • birthplace • tenace
•airspace • aerospace • hyperspace
•carapace • workspace • ratrace
•millrace • Fuentes • rosace
†passage of general application, leading text, theme; notable passage stored up for use in a book of common places
or commonplace book
; ordinary topic, stock theme or subject. XVI. As adj. XVII. tr. L. locus commūnis
, tr. Gr. koinòs tópos