Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

sublunary

[suhb-loo-ner-ee, suhb-loo-nuh-ree]
See more synonyms for sublunary on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  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.
Show More
Also sub·lu·nar [suhb-loo-ner] /sʌbˈlu nər/.

Origin of sublunary

1585–95; < Late Latin sublūn(āris) (see sub-, lunar) + -ary
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sublunary

Historical Examples

  • Providence has a hand in this, as in all other sublunary dispensations.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327

    Various

  • Happiness in this sublunary state can scarcely be felt, but by a comparison with misery.

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • William Quirke has a wish to remain in this sublunary sphere.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Prudence with them is a matter of thrill like the rest of sublunary contrivances.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • He, as I knew, was not in a state to interest himself in any sublunary matters.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for sublunary

sublunary

adjective
  1. situated between the moon and the earth
  2. of or relating to the earth or world
Show More

Word Origin

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 sublunary

adj.

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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper