Commonplace book
Commonplace Com"mon*place`, n. 1. An idea or expression wanting originality or interest; a trite or customary remark; a platitude. [1913 Webster]

2. A memorandum; something to be frequently consulted or referred to. [1913 Webster]

Whatever, in my reading, occurs concerning this our fellow creature, I do never fail to set it down by way of commonplace. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{Commonplace book}, a book in which records are made of things to be remembered. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • commonplace book — noun Date: 1578 a book of memorabilia …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • commonplace book — noun a personal notebook or journal in which memorabilia, quotations etc were written …   Wiktionary

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