mun·​dane ˌmən-ˈdān How to pronounce mundane (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the world
: characterized by the practical, transitory, and ordinary : commonplace
the mundane concerns of day-to-day life
mundanely adverb
ˌmən-ˈdān-nəs How to pronounce mundane (audio)
mundanity 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
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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Mundane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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mun·​dane ˌmən-ˈdān How to pronounce mundane (audio)
: of or relating to the world : worldly
: having to do with the practical details of everyday life
mundanely adverb

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