mun·​dane | \ ˌmən-ˈdān How to pronounce mundane (audio) , ˈmən-ˌdān \

Definition of mundane

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of the world
2 : characterized by the practical, transitory, and ordinary : commonplace the mundane concerns of day-to-day life

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Other Words from mundane

mundanely adverb
mundaneness \ ˌmən-​ˈdān-​nəs How to pronounce mundane (audio) , ˈmən-​ˌdān-​ \ noun
mundanity \ ˌmən-​ˈdā-​nə-​tē How to pronounce mundane (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of mundane in a Sentence

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 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 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 The day began with the mundane business of getting my white chiffon dress shortened … — Lady Bird Johnson, January 14, 1964, in A White House Diary1970 mundane chores, like washing dishes They lead a pretty mundane life. prayer and meditation helped her put her mundane worries aside
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Recent Examples on the Web Yet disaster capitalism takes on more mundane forms too, especially at fire camp. Jeff Winkler, The Atlantic, "The Art of Cooking While Everything Burns," 30 Dec. 2020 A night after the Bucks shot a record-setting 29 of 51 on 3-pointers, there was a more mundane 16 of 41 from Milwaukee. Ira Winderman,, "Heat bounce back from 47-point loss to Bucks with 119-108 decision over Milwaukee," 30 Dec. 2020 The pardons of prominent Republican figures were sprinkled through a list of more mundane pardons announced by the White House shortly before the Christmas holiday. Justin Sink,, "Trump Pardons Former Campaign Aide, Two Former GOP Lawmakers," 23 Dec. 2020 The bill touches on big policy issues along with more mundane personnel matters. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Congress Raises Standards for Assessing New Airliner Designs," 22 Dec. 2020 The clip, which has been viewed more than 47 million times on Twitter, became fodder for memes, with users parodying the cadence with which Harris delivered the remark and announcing the completion of often mundane tasks. NBC News, "Dancing pallbearers, the Mike Pence fly and pretty best friends: Here are the top memes of 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 But the mundane tasks come with unparalleled access to those elected to make laws. Alex Mann,, "A Maryland legislative session without gray blazers: House and Senate pages to participate virtually in 2021," 24 Dec. 2020 To manage the mundane tasks of their narrow worlds, the thinking goes, small businesses and busy parents can turn to the wider one. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "What if You Could Outsource Your To-Do List?," 30 Nov. 2020 Adventure-hungry readers ignore that the quiet characters show us how to live and grow in virtue through mundane tasks and everyday trials. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Three Cheers for the Quiet Ones," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mundane

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mundane

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

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The first known use of mundane was in the 15th century

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19 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mundane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce mundane (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mundane

: dull and ordinary
: relating to ordinary life on earth rather than to spiritual things


mun·​dane | \ ˌmən-ˈdān, ˈmən-ˌdān \

Kids Definition of mundane

1 : dull and ordinary I helped with mundane tasks, like doing dishes.
2 : relating to ordinary life on earth rather than spiritual things

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