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 So far, so fairy tale, but the story drifts back into the quotidian details of village life. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2019 Many of the 17th-century artist’s paintings center on women engaging in quotidian tasks such as reading, writing and playing musical instruments. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Apr. 2020 These characters' supernatural talents are presented in an utterly matter-of-fact manner, in a film which is solidly grounded in quotidian detail. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Jan. 2020 The mundane and quotidian memories of smells, ephemera, or small gestures heightened the intensity of the allegations. Treva B. Lindsey, Billboard, 22 Mar. 2019 The hustle of modern middle-class life—work, kids, activities, socializing, conferences, travel—has been reduced to the unit of the home, the radius of the local park, with quotidian destinations of grocery store and pharmacy. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, 17 Apr. 2020 For lots of people, the coronavirus pandemic has occasioned a reconsideration of a former frenetic way of life and a re-embrace of simple satisfactions: making bread, noticing moments of quotidian beauty. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 10 Apr. 2020 The coronavirus destabilizes those quotidian calculations. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2020 When the flaps were fierce, its agents looked into UFO cases, adding their investigations to the quotidian explanations for the majority of sightings. Sarah Scoles, Wired, 3 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotidian. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quotidian

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


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



Medical Definition of quotidian (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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