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 drafts connected all these elements—the mundane, the emotional, and the fantastical. Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, "J. Robert Lennon on Order, Chaos, and the Self," 19 Aug. 2019 Like other college students, Randall escaped from the pressures of the mundane at night, and quickly took to the community of rave-goers who welcomed her as one of their own. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "The EDM industry tends to be male-centric. Here’s how Baltimore’s female DJs are trying to combat that.," 7 Aug. 2019 Johnson is a man who's able to make the most mundane of economic or political topics a source of entertainment through a quirky phrase or well-timed quip. Phil Boucher, Fortune, "What Can We Expect From Boris Johnson? Scandals, Screw-Ups, Quips, and Comebacks," 23 July 2019 Season two featured a more unified front of characters, yet they were still driven apart by factors ranging from the mundane to the horrifying: lies, duplicity, abuse, violence, possession, abandonment, torture, murder, monsters. Daniel Payne, National Review, "In Its Third Season, Stranger Things Strays from What Made It Great," 20 July 2019 Before Alf’s arrival, Tanner had lived a rather mundane life in a quiet suburban household. Amisha Padnani, New York Times, "Max Wright, Who Went From Theater Roles to ‘ALF,’ Dies at 75," 2 July 2019 Among the other cases, two legislators were accused of failing to file proper paperwork, the most mundane of sins. Andrea Gallo, ProPublica, "Why the “Most Egregious” Ethics Case in Louisiana Remains Open Nine Years Later," 16 May 2019 In Walmart, for example, where robots are taking on mundane tasks like scanning shelves, employees say the machines don’t make their jobs easier. James Vincent, The Verge, "Boston Dynamics robots are preparing to leave the lab — is the world ready?," 17 July 2019 Bamage, 44, remembers difficult early years in the U.S., in an unfamiliar culture, unsure how to complete the most mundane tasks. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "After fleeing war and genocide, Rwandan women find each other in South King County," 7 July 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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