From King Dictionary of Contemporary English commonplace com‧mon‧place 1 / ˈkɒmənpleɪs $ ˈkɑː- / ●○○ adjective COMMON happening or existing in many places, and therefore not special or unusual Car thefts are commonplace in this part of town. ► see thesaurus at common Examples from the Corpus commonplace • Judicial review of administrative decisions by central or local government and certain other bodies is now commonplace. • Of course, stories of ex-smokers drifting back to the fold are commonplace. • It used to be rare to see young people sleeping on the streets of London -- these days it's become increasingly commonplace. • Organ transplants are now commonplace. • Divorce was commonplace among the Gentiles. • He expects widespread usage of computer technology to be commonplace before that time. • Superstores such as Wal-Mart are now commonplace in America's small towns. • Nudism on beaches has long been commonplace in Europe. • Expensive foreign cars are commonplace in this Chicago suburb. • As segregation and violence became commonplace, the national government expressed no willingness to enforce a new racial order. • It's unspeakably commonplace to follow one's instincts. commonplace commonplace 2 noun [countable usually singular ] 1 COMMON something that happens or exists in many places, so that it is not unusual Women’s groups have become a commonplace. 2 something that has been said so often that it is no longer interesting or original 3 → the commonplace Examples from the Corpus commonplace • However, the fact that such quasi-duties are a commonplace does not, of itself, advance the cause of animals. • One-parent families are now a commonplace in our society. • Many of his utterances were, however, sermon commonplaces, to which parallels can be found in other contemporary preaching. • The constant references to Hammett, Chandler and Casablanca, supposed to be chic, are simply commonplaces.