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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Recent Examples on the Web Turquoise often appears in front of a window, doing something mundane like the dishes, as natural light floods her features. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Miss Juneteenth, a Mother’s Dream Deferred," 19 June 2020 There has been much progress since that chillingly mundane meeting at the Multnomah Hotel in downtown Portland. oregonlive, "Oregon’s founders sought a ‘white utopia,’ a stain of racism that lives on even as state celebrates its progressivism," 14 June 2020 Several more mundane factors contributed to Mr Han’s downfall. The Economist, "Han’s down A China-friendly politician is humiliated in Taiwan," 13 June 2020 The party’s more mundane business, including discussions over the platform, will still be held in Charlotte because of contractual obligations. Time, "Trump to Give Republican Convention Speech in Jacksonville, Florida," 12 June 2020 But that’s the mood the director Josephine Decker wants to conjure in Shirley—one where even a mundane home has a distinct air of spookiness. David Sims, The Atlantic, "An Unconventional Biopic About a Horror Master," 8 June 2020 The incident was seen as another example of white people calling the police on African Americans for mundane things. Laura Ly, Amir Vera And Brian Ries, CNN, "Dog returned to white woman who called police on black man bird-watching in Central Park," 5 June 2020 That more mundane party business gets considerably less attention than the speeches of party luminaries and rising stars, andthe nominations for vice president and president. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Republican National Convention coming to Phoenix? Here's what we know," 4 June 2020 Toggling the Sport or Sport Plus driving modes brings sharper responses to its controls and a bit more athleticism to its character, although those settings can be rather aggressive around town and during mundane commutes. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Marries Performance and Efficiency," 2 June 2020

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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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23 Jun 2020

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“Mundane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mundane. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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mundane

adjective
How to pronounce mundane (audio)

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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