mundane

adjective
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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Later Wednesday morning, the American Meteor Society — a nonprofit organization that supports and encourages research into meteors — concluded that what people spotted was more mundane than a meteor. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Bright light through Florida’s overnight sky wasn’t a UFO or fireball after all," 3 July 2019 The next fights for the Human Rights Campaign will be mundane — discrimination is still legal in credit scores, for instance — as well as momentous, such as the on-again-off-again rights of transgender Americans to serve the military in uniform. Philip Elliott, Time, "Human Rights Campaign Picks Alphonso David as New President," 25 June 2019 Shaker furniture was relatively mundane through the 1800s and early 20th century. Diana Budds, Curbed, "One of America’s most popular furniture styles was invented by a celibate religious sect," 21 June 2019 While some might think the Mademe x Aya Brown collab features images that are provocative or unique, in reality, Aya’s art is beautifully mundane. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Fashion Brand MadeMe Collaborated With Artist Aya Brown on Products That Showcase the Queer Black Female Experience," 21 June 2019 Everything from the mundane to the extravagant lurks beneath the surface, one swipe of a grabber tool away. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "In Detroit, 'trash fishing' is a thing and it's reeling in big catches," 5 June 2019 The boxes hold everything from the mundane, like payrolls and medical screening forms, to the heart-tugging: photos of young recruits, letters from worried mothers, medal citations. New York Times, "Their Fathers Never Spoke of the War. Their Children Want to Know Why.," 5 June 2019 Finding something discarded and thought of as mundane, our job is to sort through that and re-contextualize it. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Choose Used! In Honor of Earth Day, 8 Fashion Insiders Model Their Oldest, Most Treasured Clothes," 22 Apr. 2019 Sometimes, even the most mundane of tasks (putting stamps on envelopes to be sent out) can have a massive impact on the morale of the campaign. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How To Volunteer For A Political Campaign and Change The World," 25 Jan. 2019

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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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