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

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

Choose the Right Synonym for mundane

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web The debacle was an example of how deep-seated discord over Gascón and his changes has complicated day-to-day operations within the nation’s largest prosecutor’s office, sometimes turning what should be mundane, routine business into messy affairs. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 But the real way to use healthcare data to achieve the kind of spectacular results IBM tried to achieve is by unspectacular, seemingly mundane means, step by step. Joe Gagnon, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Bania said his research showed that Depp had largely positive and mundane search results before 2016. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 And the first battle will now be a relatively mundane one concerning arbitration. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 The comedy here usually offers new spins on classic territory: sportscasters providing color commentary on mundane events, or spoofs of vampires, zombies and marginal figures from the time of Christ. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 At some point over the course of a month, the accumulation of silly, mundane, monotonous snapshots began to feel like an actual representation of me, and an endearing one — a private glimpse at my quiet moments that would otherwise go unnoticed. Mirel Zaman,, 26 Apr. 2022 Many of those moments and places are mundane and obscure. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2022 Here, the gritty surroundings of the banlieues provide a stage for his artful dramatizations of everyday life, in which mundane conversations, gatherings, and interactions are heightened to striking effect. The New Yorker, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for mundane


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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