sub·​lu·​na·​ry | \ ˌsəb-ˈlü-nə-rē How to pronounce sublunary (audio) , ˈsəb-lu̇-ˌner-ē \
variants: or less commonly sublunar \ ˌsəb-​ˈlü-​nər How to pronounce sublunary (audio) also  -​ˌnär \

Definition of sublunary

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the terrestrial world dull sublunary lovers— John Donne

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Examples of sublunary in a Sentence

like all sublunary things, this misery will one day end
Recent Examples on the Web But change is the only constant in our sublunary world, as writers down the centuries have noted; Powell, too, knew this well. Neel Mukherjee, New York Times, "A Veritable No Man’s Land, Off the Coast of Scotland," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of sublunary

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sublunary

modification of Late Latin sublunaris, from Latin sub- + luna moon — more at lunar

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The first known use of sublunary was in 1592

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“Sublunary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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