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

Examples of sublunary in a Sentence

like all sublunary things, this misery will one day end
Recent Examples on the Web In the profoundest sense, the words and deeds of a martyr say to her society that there is a higher world, a world that works according to a logic superior to that of this sublunary sphere. Dwight Lindley Iii, National Review, 16 May 2021 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, 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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“Sublunary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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