mun·​dane | \ˌmən-ˈdān, ˈmən-ˌ\

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 \-​ˈdān-​nəs, -​ˌdān-​ \ noun
mundanity \ˌmən-​ˈdā-​nə-​tē \ 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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To understand how mundane and occasionally deadly this evolutionary project of ours is, consider the shower head. Lisa Margonelli, WSJ, "‘Never Home Alone’ Review: The Critters Chez Nous," 28 Nov. 2018 The tape might be mundane, but the primer and flat white paint used on the chassis is not. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New Mars rover gets high-tech paint job for harsh conditions on Mars," 11 Oct. 2018 Before that, the top news in North Korea had been tremendously mundane, all things considered -- a visit by Kim to a seafood restaurant in Pyongyang. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "North Korean state media quiet about summit until after Kim's arrival in Singapore," 2 Oct. 2018 His report was pretty mundane — no new revelations. Gina Kolata, The Seattle Times, "Online gene test finds dangerous mutation, but it may be wrong," 2 July 2018 Before that, the top news in North Korea had been tremendously mundane, all things considered — a visit by Kim to a seafood restaurant in Pyongyang., "Isolated North Korean Public Mostly Unaware of Historic Trump-Kim Summit," 11 June 2018 The top news lately has instead been tremendously mundane, all things considered — a visit by Kim to a seafood restaurant in Pyongyang. Eric Talmadge,, "Business as usual in North Korea as public unaware of summit," 10 June 2018 Before that, the top news in North Korea had been tremendously mundane, all things considered — a visit by Kim to a seafood restaurant in Pyongyang. Washington Post, "In eye of storm, North Koreans sees scant news of Kim’s trip," 10 June 2018 Other problems are more mundane, but show just how many issues have to be ironed out with a new warship, such as the test office report saying the Ford is expected to be short of spaces for its crew to sleep. Zachary Cohen, CNN, "US Navy's most expensive warship just got even pricier," 15 May 2018

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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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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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