mundane

adjective
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 mundaneness (audio) , ˈmən-​ˌdān-​ \ noun
mundanity \ ˌmən-​ˈdā-​nə-​tē How to pronounce mundanity (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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Some of the more mundane equipment, such as clothing, compasses, and ear protection, isavailable on eBay. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia to Demonstrate Active Camouflage for Soldiers, Tanks," 20 Aug. 2018 In many of the court’s decisions on more mundane and technical questions, there is often a broader consensus. New York Times, "Political Polarization Takes Hold of the Supreme Court," 5 July 2018 In the past decade, the great body hair debate has shifted, as the sight of it becomes more and more mundane. Loren Savini, Allure, "A Retrospective Look at Women's Body Hair in Pop Culture," 23 Apr. 2018 But before getting on the road, Sigrid talks to BAZAAR.com about making Sucker Punch and turning the sad and mundane into optimistic music. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sigrid Plans to Be Around for a Long Time," 11 Mar. 2019 The meetings serve a few different purposes, many related to mundane league business reviewing the season that just was and the season to come. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "What to watch as the NFL league meetings kick off this week," 25 Mar. 2019 All my fantasies sound oddly cartoonish and G-rated: to be the victim of an almost mundane disdain and garden-variety cruelty. Lena Dunham, Vogue, "Can a Good Man Mistreat You During Sex—If That’s What You Desire?," 18 Mar. 2019 Although such decisions involve mundane questions of money and arena and hotel space, choosing Milwaukee is no small symbolism. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Democrats Want Milwaukee’s Finest," 11 Mar. 2019 Many of Blue Prism’s customers are measuring ROI based on the number of hours that employees save on mundane, repetitive tasks that have been automated, said Mr. Theuerkauf, formerly head of transformation at The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Unleash the Bots: Firms Report Positive Returns With RPA," 6 Mar. 2019

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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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mundane

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mundane

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

mundane

adjective
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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