commonplace Definition

  • 1an idea, expression, remark, etc. that is not new or interesting
  • 2a place or situation that is not special or interesting

Using commonplace: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "commonplace" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The speech was filled with commonplace remarks.

  • Example

    The park was just a commonplace area with no special features.

  • Example

    The story's plot was quite commonplace and predictable.

commonplace Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for commonplace

Antonyms for commonplace

Phrases with commonplace

  • to assume that something is true or will happen without questioning it


    We often take our health for granted until we get sick.

  • run-of-the-mill

    ordinary and not special or exciting in any way


    The restaurant served run-of-the-mill food that was nothing to write home about.

  • not very good or impressive


    The movie was okay, but nothing to write home about.

Origins of commonplace

from Old French 'comun', meaning 'common' and 'place'


Summary: commonplace in Brief

The term 'commonplace' [ˈkɒmənpleɪs] refers to ideas, expressions, remarks, places, or situations that are not new, interesting, or special. It is often used to describe things that are ordinary, mundane, or routine, as in 'The story's plot was quite commonplace and predictable.' Synonyms include 'banal,' 'ordinary,' and 'mundane,' while antonyms include 'unique' and 'extraordinary.' Phrases like 'take something for granted' and 'run-of-the-mill' are commonly associated with this term.