- 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
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- everyday, ordinary, or banal
- relating to the world or worldly matters
Word Origin and History for mundaneness
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.