quotidian

adjective
quo·​tid·​i·​an | \ kwō-ˈti-dē-ən How to pronounce quotidian (audio) \

Definition of quotidian

1 : occurring every day quotidian fever
2a : belonging to each day : everyday quotidian routine
b : commonplace, ordinary quotidian drabness

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Other Words from quotidian

quotidian noun

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In Shakespeare's play As You Like It, the character Rosalind observes that Orlando, who has been running about in the woods carving her name on trees and hanging love poems on branches, "seems to have the quotidian of love upon him." Shakespeare's use doesn't make it clear that quotidian derives from a Latin word that means "every day." But as odd as it may seem, Shakespeare's use of "quotidian" is just a short semantic step away from the "daily" adjective sense. Some fevers occur intermittently - sometimes daily. The phrase "quotidian fever" and the noun "quotidian" have long been used for such recurring maladies. Poor Orlando is simply afflicted with such a "fever" of love.

Examples of quotidian in a Sentence

not content with the quotidian quarrels that other couples had, they had rows that shook the entire neighborhood plagued by a quotidian coughing fit, the result of years of smoking
Recent Examples on the Web In the context of so much bloodshed, the LeBaron killings are both highly unusual and tragically quotidian. Rebecca Janzen, The Conversation, "Mormons in Mexico: A brief history of polygamy, cartel violence and faith," 6 Nov. 2019 My point is that some of these quotidian — or deeply personal — things can be fascinating artifacts later. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Lake house dust-up roils friendship," 12 Oct. 2019 My point is that some of these quotidian — or deeply personal — things can be fascinating artifacts later. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Lake house dust-up roils friendship," 12 Oct. 2019 My point is that some of these quotidian — or deeply personal — things can be fascinating artifacts later. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Lake house dust-up roils friendship," 12 Oct. 2019 My point is that some of these quotidian — or deeply personal — things can be fascinating artifacts later. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Lake house dust-up roils friendship," 12 Oct. 2019 My point is that some of these quotidian -- or deeply personal -- things can be fascinating artifacts later. Ask Amy, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Encounter with friend’s rude husband leaves relationship in a murky state," 12 Oct. 2019 My point is that some of these quotidian — or deeply personal — things can be fascinating artifacts later. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Lake house dust-up roils friendship," 12 Oct. 2019 My point is that some of these quotidian — or deeply personal — things can be fascinating artifacts later. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Lake house dust-up roils friendship," 12 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of quotidian

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quotidian

Middle English cotidian, from Anglo-French, from Latin quotidianus, cotidianus, from quotidie every day, from quot (as) many as + dies day — more at deity

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“Quotidian.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotidian. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for quotidian

quotidian

adjective
How to pronounce quotidian (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quotidian

formal + literary
: ordinary or very common
: done each day

quotidian

adjective
quo·​tid·​i·​an | \ kwō-ˈtid-ē-ən How to pronounce quotidian (audio) \

Medical Definition of quotidian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: occurring every day quotidian fever

quotidian

noun

Medical Definition of quotidian (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (as an intermittent fever) that occurs each day

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