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[ suhb-loo-ner-ee, suhb-loo-nuh-ree ]
/ ˈsʌb lʊˌnɛr i, sʌbˈlu nə ri /


situated beneath the moon or between the earth and the moon.
characteristic of or pertaining to the earth; terrestrial.
mundane or worldly: fleeting, sublunary pleasure.

Nearby words

sublingual vein, subliterate, subliterature, sublittoral, sublunar, sublunary, subluxate, subluxation, submachine gun, submammary mastitis, submandibular duct
Also sub·lu·nar [suhb-loo-ner] /sʌbˈlu nər/.

Origin of sublunary

1585–95; < Late Latin sublūn(āris) (see sub-, lunar) + -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sublunar


/ (sʌbˈluːnərɪ) /


situated between the moon and the earth
of or relating to the earth or world

Word Origin for sublunary

C16: via Late Latin, from Latin sub- + lūna moon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sublunar



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

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