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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Featuring 255 letters, pulled from Mandela’s 10,052 days in prison, the book covers politics and campaigns for his release, and mundane, humanizing requests (a note to his commanding officer requesting a new screw for his spectacles, for example). Chloe Schama, Vogue, "6 New(ish) Books You Still Have Time to Order Before Father's Day," 8 June 2018 Something about the fictional woman’s futile, mundane, and desperately hopeful gesture tapped into a sense of bewilderment so many felt deeply, but were incapable of expressing., "Why We Keep Coming Back To The Onion's Satirical Article On Mass Shootings," 18 May 2018 Less baggage and a move toward the mundane and profound: getting older, raising a kid, figuring it out. Morgan Greene,, "Julia Sweeney: Monologist, stand-up comic, improvisational tour guide at the Art Institute," 27 Apr. 2018 How to throw a proper jab, stuff that becomes mundane and kind of boring. Robert Klemko,, "Greg Hardy, the UFC and the Limits of the Second Chance," 25 June 2018 His life might be over-the-top and exciting, but if David wants to be a good person again, the route back will be mundane and a little boring, especially for someone who spent years in a psychiatric ward and fears going back. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "How Legion’s season 2 finale exposed the emptiness at the show’s core," 17 June 2018 It’s mundane bureaucratic stuff like flight schedules, invoices, emails. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "Haunting Photos of the Hidden War on Terror," 10 May 2018 The emails included substantive political discussions but also exchanges between Podesta, his friends, and his family about mundane personal matters like dinner plans. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Legal War on Alex Jones," 29 May 2018 The one-man investigation starts off wildly improbable and gets worse from there; meanwhile, the mundane shoe-leather work of the actual police detectives is leading toward the conclusion that Paul's the Grim Reaper. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Death Wish': Film Review," 2 Mar. 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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