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mundane

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adjective mun·dane \ˌmən-ˈdān, ˈmən-ˌ\

Simple Definition of mundane

  • : dull and ordinary

  • : relating to ordinary life on earth rather than to spiritual things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of mundane

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or characteristic of the world

  2. 2 :  characterized by the practical, transitory, and ordinary :  commonplace <the mundane concerns of day-to-day life>

mundanely

adverb

mundaneness

play \-ˈdān-nəs, -ˌdān-\ noun

mundanity

play \ˌmən-ˈdā-nə-tē\ noun

Examples of mundane in a sentence

  1. On him, a mundane navy blazer looked like an Armani dinner jacket; around him, a dusky locker room became the chandeliered lobby of the Savoy. —Curry Kirkpatrick, ESPN, 19 Mar. 2001

  2. How did our ancestors pass from the mundane activity of counting to the concept of ‘number’ in the abstract, devoid of any particular collection of objects to label? —John D. Barrow, Pi in the Sky, 1992

  3. They decided on buttock tattoos, rather than the more mundane engagement ring, because a tattoo is permanent. You can always pawn a ring. —Mike Royko, Chicago Tribune, 25 Aug. 1988

  4. The day began with the mundane business of getting my white chiffon dress shortened … —Lady Bird Johnson, January 14, 1964, in A White House Diary, 1970

  5. mundane chores, like washing dishes

  6. They lead a pretty mundane life.

  7. prayer and meditation helped her put her mundane worries aside



Origin and Etymology of mundane

Middle English mondeyne, from Anglo-French mundain, from Late Latin mundanus, from Latin mundus world


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of mundane

earthly, worldly, mundane mean belonging to or characteristic of the earth. earthly often implies a contrast with what is heavenly or spiritual <abandoned earthly concerns and entered a convent>. worldly and mundane both imply a relation to the immediate concerns and activities of human beings, worldly suggesting tangible personal gain or gratification <worldly goods> and mundane suggesting reference to the immediate and practical <a mundane discussion of finances>.

MUNDANE Defined for Kids

mundane

adjective mun·dane \ˌmən-ˈdān, ˈmən-ˌdān\

Definition of mundane for Students

  1. 1 :  dull and ordinary <I helped with mundane tasks, like doing dishes.>

  2. 2 :  relating to ordinary life on earth rather than spiritual things





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