quo·tid·i·an | \kwō-ˈti-dē-ən \

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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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

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The radical became quotidian; such is the history of modern design. The Economist, "The birth of the skyscraper on the streets of Chicago," 28 June 2018 Listed like that, the process sounds rather quotidian. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 Each scene seems to represent both its particulars and something bigger — the quotidian reality of a painful moment in history. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 11 July 2018 Instead, Huang zooms in on an average family experiencing quotidian struggles and pleasures: the mischief and eventual transgressions of the young son, the daughters falling in love, the concerns of parents watching their children grow into adults. Brandon Yu, SFChronicle.com, "Yang Huang’s stories chart a family’s life in China," 27 June 2018 This is the ever present danger hovering over these characters' lives, but McKay focuses his warm-hearted drama on quieter, more quotidian concerns. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "En el Séptimo Día," 8 June 2018 The stories were quotidian — but that was the point. Eric Boodman, STAT, "After nerve-wracking eye surgery, the world comes into focus for early gene therapy recipient," 17 May 2018 Everest has become an antidote to mid-life crises — a quotidian item on the bucket lists of superannuated dentists and CFOs. Time, "The Ethics of Climbing Everest: Double Amputee Xia Boyu’s Feat Fuels Debates About Who Belongs on the Roof of the World," 3 Apr. 2018 What distinguishes such quotidian fare is Garmendia's delivery. Lexi Pandell, WIRED, "Meet Germán Garmendia, the Aggressively Normal YouTube Superstar Who Wants It All," 8 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of quotidian

: ordinary or very common

: done each day


quo·tid·i·an | \kwō-ˈtid-ē-ən \

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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