[muhn-deyn, muhn-deyn]


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 formsmun·dane·ly, adverbmun·dane·ness, noun

Synonyms for mundane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mundane

Contemporary Examples of mundane

Historical Examples of mundane

  • 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



everyday, ordinary, or banal
relating to the world or worldly matters
Derived Formsmundanely, adverbmundanity or mundaneness, noun

Word Origin for mundane

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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