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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Recent Examples on the Web Others who are trying to juggle working from home while caring for kids who are also home are making smaller and more mundane choices that nevertheless bring shocked responses — or even rebukes — from co-workers, friends, and even family. Gillian Flaccus,, "‘Quarantine shaming’: US navigates radical new social norms," 19 Mar. 2020 Not to mention directions for how to deal with the more mundane chores that need to be taken care of, like taking the dog out for a piss. Anna Lea Hand, Longreads, "If Miscarriage is So Normal, Why Doesn’t Anybody Talk About It?," 3 Mar. 2020 The likely truth is much more mundane: Bash was signaling to a colleague that her request for water had been fulfilled. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, "How the ‘Okay’ hand sign keeps tricking us into looking," 16 Dec. 2019 But the bulk of the training focuses on safety consciousness: how to be aware of more mundane dangers such as muggings or pickpocketing and how to avoid or cope with them. The Economist, "Many Chinese students are frightened of studying abroad," 21 Nov. 2019 Yet only by demanding that Carothers turn his attention to a more mundane, less scientifically appealing problem did the lab realize his research’s commercial potential. Virginia Postrel, Twin Cities, "Virginia Postrel: The iPhone of 1939 helped liberate Europe. And women.," 1 Nov. 2019 But behind streaming's tech dazzle, the more mundane business of buying and selling TV shows to ordinary linear networks continued. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "MIPCOM: Free TV Alive and Kicking Despite SVOD Boom," 16 Oct. 2019 There’s almost certainly a more mundane explanation, though. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Bizarre comet from another star system just spotted," 12 Sep. 2019 The Migos member is now elevating an even more mundane accessory: a medical cast. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Only Quavo Could Pull Off This Highly Unexpected Accessory," 18 June 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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The first known use of mundane was in the 15th century

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12 May 2020

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“Mundane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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