[ muhn-deyn, muhn-deyn ]
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  1. common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.

  2. of or relating to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; worldly; earthly: mundane affairs.

  1. of or relating to the world, universe, or earth.

Origin of mundane

First recorded in 1425–75; from Latin mundānus, equivalent to mund(us) “world” + -ānus -ane; replacing late Middle English mondeyne, from Middle French mondain, from Latin, as above

synonym study For mundane

2. See earthly.

Other words for mundane

Other words from mundane

  • mun·dane·ly, adverb
  • mun·dane·ness, noun

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How to use mundane in a sentence

  • Ahimsa truly understood is in my humble opinion a panacea for all evils mundane and extra-mundane.

  • About six thousand years (according to mundane measure), or thereabouts.

  • The gentle sadness of the autumn day had moved her to discourse on the mutability of mundane things.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • Now, when the foolish girl disappeared behind the door, I turned away from the gate full of anger at all mundane things.

    A Little Union Scout | Joel Chandler Harris
  • Thou createst motion, and yet maintainest the equilibrium of all things mundane and celestial.

British Dictionary definitions for mundane


/ (ˈmʌndeɪn, mʌnˈdeɪn) /

  1. everyday, ordinary, or banal

  2. relating to the world or worldly matters

Origin of mundane

C15: from French mondain, via Late Latin, from Latin mundus world

Derived forms of mundane

  • mundanely, adverb
  • mundanity or mundaneness, noun

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