adjective quo·tid·i·an \ kwō-ˈti-dē-ən \
Updated on: 20 Feb 2018

Definition of quotidian

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



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Examples of quotidian in a Sentence

  1. not content with the quotidian quarrels that other couples had, they had rows that shook the entire neighborhood

  2. plagued by a quotidian coughing fit, the result of years of smoking

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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.

Origin and Etymology of 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

QUOTIDIAN Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of quotidian for English Language Learners

  • : ordinary or very common

  • : done each day

Medical Dictionary



adjective quo·tid·i·an \ kwō-ˈtid-ē-ən \

medical Definition of quotidian

: occurring every day
  • quotidian fever




medical Definition of quotidian

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

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