Commonplace book, a book in which records are made of things to be remembered.

(Com"mon*place`), v. t. To enter in a commonplace book, or to reduce to general heads. Felton.

(Com"mon*place`), v. i. To utter commonplaces; to indulge in platitudes. [Obs.] Bacon.

(Com"mon*place`ness), n. The quality of being commonplace; commonness.

(Com"mons) n. pl.,

1. The mass of the people, as distinguished from the titled classes or nobility; the commonalty; the common people. [Eng.]

'T is like the commons, rude unpolished hinds,
Could send such message to their sovereign.

The word commons in its present ordinary signification comprises all the people who are under the rank of peers.

2. The House of Commons, or lower house of the British Parliament, consisting of representatives elected by the qualified voters of counties, boroughs, and universities.

It is agreed that the Commons were no part of the great council till some ages after the Conquest.

3. Provisions; food; fare, — as that provided at a common table in colleges and universities.

Their commons, though but coarse, were nothing scant.

4. A club or association for boarding at a common table, as in a college, the members sharing the expenses equally; as, to board in commons.

(Com"mon*ly) adv.

1. Usually; generally; ordinarily; frequently; for the most part; as, confirmed habits commonly continue through life.

2. In common; familiarly. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Com"mon*ness), n.

1. State or quality of being common or usual; as, the commonness of sunlight.

2. Triteness; meanness.

(Com"mon*place`) a. Common; ordinary; trite; as, a commonplace person, or observation.

(Com"mon*place`), n.

1. An idea or expression wanting originality or interest; a trite or customary remark; a platitude.

2. A memorandum; something to be frequently consulted or referred to.

Whatever, in my reading, occurs concerning this our fellow creature, I do never fail to set it down by way of commonplace.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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