[kwoh-tid-ee-uh n]


daily: a quotidian report.
usual or customary; everyday: quotidian needs.
ordinary; commonplace: paintings of no more than quotidian artistry.
(of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur daily.


something recurring daily.
a quotidian fever or ague.

Origin of quotidian

1300–50; < Latin quotīdiānus, cottīdiānus daily, equivalent to cottīdi(ē) every day (adv.) (*quot(t)ī a locative form akin to quot however many occur, every + diē, ablative of diēs day; cf. meridian) + -ānus -an; replacing Middle English cotidien < Old French < Latin, as above
Related formsquo·tid·i·an·ly, adverbquo·tid·i·an·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quotidian



(esp of attacks of malarial fever) recurring daily
everyday; commonplace


a malarial fever characterized by attacks that recur daily

Word Origin for quotidian

C14: from Latin quotīdiānus, variant of cottīdiānus daily
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Word Origin and History for quotidian

mid-14c., "everyday, daily," from Old French cotidian (Modern French quotidien), from Latin quotidianus "daily," from Latin quotus "how many? which in order or number?" (see quote (v.)) + dies "day" (see diurnal). Meaning "ordinary, commonplace, trivial" is from mid-15c.

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Medicine definitions for quotidian




Recurring daily. Used especially of attacks of malaria.
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