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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Recent Examples on the Web

Women almost never become art monsters because art monsters only concern themselves with art, never mundane things. Charlotte Shane, The New Republic, "Living in David Lynch’s Art Life," 26 June 2018 And plenty of people take MBAs and then continue on to mundane corporate jobs. The Economist, "Can you teach entrepreneurship?," 7 June 2018 In Goldberg’s view, more people need to work at the sometimes mundane job of defending civilization. NBC News, "Conserving 'conservatives' in the Trump era," 19 Apr. 2018 China is the major supplier of a number of mundane but crucial materials and components needed to keep the world’s factories humming. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War," 11 July 2018 Every generation wants some assurance that no matter how mundane or messed up our lives are, love might be just around the corner. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s totally delightful Set It Up proves just how durable the romcom formula is," 29 June 2018 Its missions could include surveillance that would be either too mundane or dangerous for human submarine crews to tackle and reconnaissance. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "Boeing's robot submarine is back roaming off the California coast," 23 June 2018 The recurrent theme is one of human life thrown off course by disaster, whether world-historical or mundane. George Packer, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 16 June 2018 Like Galvan’s clothing designs, the boutique is minimal but not mundane. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "London It-Girl Evening-Wear Brand Galvan Lands in Soho," 12 June 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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