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mundane

[muhn-deyn, muhn-deyn]
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adjective
  1. common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.
  2. of or relating to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; worldly; earthly: mundane affairs.
  3. of or relating to the world, universe, or earth.
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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

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Related Words for mundane

prosaic, normal, humdrum, banal, everyday, workaday, day-to-day, commonplace, earthly, lowly, routine, worldly, workday

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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

mundane

adjective
  1. everyday, ordinary, or banal
  2. relating to the world or worldly matters
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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

adj.

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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