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

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His quotidian objects, pared down to essences, take on devotional weight. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Metaphysical Masterpieces 1916-1920: Morandi, Sironi, and Carrà’ Review: Every Object’s Mysteries," 16 Jan. 2019 Their crimes — shoplifting, playing hooky, smoking pot — may be quotidian, but their sense of alienation is not. J. Hoberman, New York Times, "A Fiery Tale of Teenage Despair, as Fresh as When It Debuted in 1994," 26 Apr. 2018 And yet, while there’s nothing quotidian about the food, the room is what every creative wishes their common living space could look like—a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen carved out of the original raw historic warehouse space. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 From virtual morning sickness to doing laundry, developer Maxis has continued to refine how its players can experience their quotidian virtual life. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The Sims 4 will soon let you live out your influencer dreams," 18 Oct. 2018 At its core, this is a nonfiction work of biography — ideal, by the way, for young people who may not know all or any of this history — about lives of quiet revolution, or quotidian determination. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "'Having Our Say': It's astounding what the Delany sisters saw in their 100+ years," 15 May 2018 But part of the answer, too, is in the very things that are meant, in theory, to transcend the vagaries of quotidian concerns: our art. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "When Beauty Is a Troll," 22 Apr. 2018 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

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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

adjective

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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