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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Definitions for quotidian

  1. usual or customary; everyday: quotidian needs.
  2. daily: a quotidian report.
  3. ordinary; commonplace: paintings of no more than quotidian artistry.

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Citations for quotidian
Gradually the new style becomes everyday, quotidian, rendered neutral. No matter how exotic it is, like a morsel to which an amoeba is attracted and which it surrounds and takes into itself, it is devoured and becomes part of the transparent flowing substance of the amoeba. Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos, 1983
Annoying as it is, the very quotidian nature of trash means it is rarely in the news. Every once in while, however—when there’s a garbage strike, for instance—it grabs headlines. Robert Mankoff, "Trash Talk," The New Yorker, January 5, 2011
Origin of quotidian
Quotidian comes from Middle English and Middle French cotidian, cotidien. This ultimately comes from the Latin adjective cottīdiānus, cōtīdiānus, quōtīdiānus "daily," a derivative of the adverb cottīdiē, cōtīdiē, quōtīdiē "every day," from an unattested fossilized noun phrase quottī diē. It entered English in the late 1300s.