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 mundane (audio) , ˈmən-​ˌdān-​ \ noun
mundanity \ ˌmən-​ˈdā-​nə-​tē How to pronounce mundane (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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Recent Examples on the Web Automation streamlines the ability to maximize the brainpower of humans and the mundane tasks of digital workers. Robert Wells, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Robotics not only frees up scientists from mundane, repetitive tasks but also delivers traceable and repeatable results, said Laflin. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 June 2021 Other staffers also worked on the book, both in fact-checking its contents and in performing mundane tasks such as taking dictation or making copies. New York Times, 17 May 2021 But technologies like smart-home devices have a chance to help users with mundane, everyday tasks, said Ben Williams, global chief experience officer at R/GA, a digital agency owned by Interpublic Group of Cos. Ann-marie Alcántara, WSJ, 10 May 2021 The portrait of Rudin that emerges from their stories is remarkably consistent: constant verbal berating, sleep deprivation, and an ambient, paralytic fear dedicated to fulfilling the most mundane tasks, like ordering food or binding scripts. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 The rest is spent responding to incidents that stem from issues like homelessness, substance abuse, mental health, or even mundane arguments between neighbors. Time, 20 Apr. 2021 At the start of the year, Kim Janey was just one of 13 city councilors, responding to constituent complaints on matters both mundane and monumental. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 Mavericks players and coaches, however, have learned not to dismiss Doncic in any situation — wacky or mundane, friendly or competitive. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 3 June 2021

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

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24 Jun 2021

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“Mundane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mundane. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for mundane

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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