earthly

adjective earth·ly \ ˈərth-lē \
Updated on: 11 Apr 2018

Definition of earthly

1 a : characteristic of or belonging to this earth
b : relating to the human race's actual life on this earth
2 : possible
  • of what earthly use is it?

earthliness

noun

Examples of earthly in a Sentence

  1. a sermon against our obsession with earthly pursuits

Recent Examples of earthly from the Web

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First Known Use of earthly

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Synonym Discussion of earthly

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

EARTHLY Defined for English Language Learners

earthly

Definition of earthly for English Language Learners

  • : having to do with life on the Earth

  • : imaginable or possible


EARTHLY Defined for Kids

earthly

adjective earth·ly \ ˈərth-lē \

Definition of earthly for Students

1 : having to do with or belonging to the earth
2 : imaginable, possible
  • It's of no earthly use.


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