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[suhb-loo-ner-ee, suhb-loo-nuh-ree]
  1. situated beneath the moon or between the earth and the moon.
  2. characteristic of or pertaining to the earth; terrestrial.
  3. mundane or worldly: fleeting, sublunary pleasure.
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Also sub·lu·nar [suhb-loo-ner] /sʌbˈlu nər/.

Origin of sublunary

1585–95; < Late Latin sublūn(āris) (see sub-, lunar) + -ary
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Historical Examples of sublunar

  • Hence it is absurd to speak of God as an element of the sublunar world.

    A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

    Isaac Husik

  • All the objects of our experience in the sublunar world are not of this kind.

  • This is another proof that they are not composed of the same material as sublunar bodies.

  • It is clear from this account that matter and form are the bases of sublunar life and existence.

  • From the Intelligence of the lunar sphere emanated the Active Intellect and the sublunar spheres of the four elements.

British Dictionary definitions for sublunar


  1. situated between the moon and the earth
  2. of or relating to the earth or world
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Word Origin for sublunary

C16: via Late Latin, from Latin sub- + lūna moon
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Word Origin and History for sublunar



1590s, from Modern Latin sublunaris, from sub- (see sub-) + lunaris (see lunar).

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