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[muhn-deyn, muhn-deyn] /mʌnˈdeɪn, ˈmʌn deɪn/
common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.
of or relating to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; worldly; earthly:
mundane affairs.
of or relating to the world, universe, or earth.
Origin of mundane
1425-75; < Latin mundānus, equivalent to mund(us) world + -ānus -ane; replacing late Middle English mondeyne < Middle French mondain < Latin, as above
Related forms
mundanely, adverb
mundaneness, noun
2. secular, temporal. See earthly. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mundane
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  • Let our men of mundane warfare do their best—it will be useless.

  • mundane's name was in big letters, and you could just see mine with the naked eye.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Then, and not before, she may address herself to mundane things.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • The boy looked up with his first gleam of interest in mundane things.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • All mundane phenomena were inexplicably contorted that night.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for mundane


/ˈmʌndeɪn; mʌnˈdeɪn/
everyday, ordinary, or banal
relating to the world or worldly matters
Derived Forms
mundanely, adverb
mundanity, mundaneness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from French mondain, via Late Latin, from Latin mundus world
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Word Origin and History for mundane

mid-15c., "of this world," from Old French mondain "of this world, worldly, earthly, secular;" also "pure, clean; noble, generous" (12c.), from Late Latin mundanus "belonging to the world" (as distinct from the Church), in classical Latin "a citizen of the world, cosmopolite," from mundus "universe, world," literally "clean, elegant"; used as a translation of Greek khosmos (see cosmos) in its Pythagorean sense of "the physical universe" (the original sense of the Greek word was "orderly arrangement"). Latin mundus also was used of a woman's "ornaments, dress," and is related to the adjective mundus "clean, elegant" (used of women's dress, etc.). Related: Mundanely.

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