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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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 So the family would be filmed for 10 hours a day, six days a week doing rather mundane things, like homework or playing video games. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Jeremy and Audrey Roloff Revealed Some Pretty Shocking Stuff on Their New Podcast," 16 Nov. 2018 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

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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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