mundane

adjective
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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Catch me from now until the end of the year wearing a sash for the most mundane tasks—going to the grocery store, paying my taxes, riding the subway, etc. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here's What the Bachelor Contestants Are Packing to Meet Colton Underwood," 7 Jan. 2019 In the past decade, Kadyrov's opponents have been killed or driven into exile; disappearances and extrajudicial killings have become mundane; families of suspected militants have been forced to leave Chechnya; and their houses have been burnt down. Nataliya Vasilyeva, Fox News, "Chechen leader: Rights activists to be barred from visiting," 24 Aug. 2018 If this sounds mundane, it must be stressed that is not the case. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Detroit: Become Human' — Game Review," 24 May 2018 At a time when researchers are using sophisticated science to develop new treatments and cures, the fight over physical samples — a few thousand pills — sounds mundane. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Drug Company ‘Shenanigans’ to Block Generics Come Under Federal Scrutiny," 14 Apr. 2018 Initially, Return of the Obra Dinn seems almost mundane. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 15 best video games of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 Putting an age on something may seem fairly mundane, but the simple answers provided by dating can impact a huge range of scientific fields. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Video: How do we figure out that rocks are billions of years old?," 30 Oct. 2018 The development highlights the tight controls Israel maintains over many aspects — even the mundane like postal delivery — of Palestinian life. Fox News, "Palestinians sort through 8 years of mail held by Israel," 19 Aug. 2018 Over thepast eight years, city building inspectors have cited Berrada properties with more than 1,300 violations, ranging from the mundane to the serious. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 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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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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