Something commonplace is ordinary. It can also be something dull and unchallenging or tired and clichéd. Coffee shops in cities are commonplace, so are berets in Paris. You see them all over the place.

Things that are common can be found all over the place — they're commonplace! The word is a literal translation of the Latin locus communis for "general topic." Commonplace things and behavior are ordinary. For example, a commonplace job is a boring, mind-numbing task. It’s humdrum and unglamorous. A commonplace word or saying is a cliché — it's so common that it becomes meaningless and annoying.

Definitions of commonplace
  1. adjective
    completely ordinary and unremarkable
    “air travel has now become commonplace
    commonplace everyday activities”
    not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
  2. adjective
    not challenging; dull and lacking excitement
    synonyms: humdrum, prosaic, unglamorous, unglamourous
    not exciting
  3. adjective
    repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
    “his remarks were trite and commonplace
    synonyms: banal, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn
    not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual
  4. noun
    a trite or obvious remark
    synonyms: banality, bromide, cliche, platitude
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    type of:
    comment, input, remark
    a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
    an obvious truth
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