adjective Etymology: Middle English mondeyne, from Anglo-French mundain, from Late Latin mundanus, from Latin mundus world Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the world 2. characterized by the practical, transitory, and ordinary ; commonplace <
the mundane concerns of day-to-day life
Synonyms: see earthlymundanely adverbmundaneness nounmundanity noun

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  • Mundane — Mun dane, a. [L. mundanus, fr. mundus the world, an implement, toilet adornments, or dress; cf. mundus, a., clean, neat, Skr. ma[.n][dsdot] to adorn, dress, ma[.n][dsdot]a adornment. Cf. {Monde}, {Mound} in heraldry.] 1. Of or pertaining to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mundane — I adjective accustomary, average, banal, bodily, carnal, common, commonplace, conventional, corporeal, customary, earthly, everyday, familiar, fleshly, frequent, habitual, hackneyed, homespun, irreligious, material, nonsacred, nonspiritual,… …   Law dictionary

  • mundane — (adj.) mid 15c., of this world, from O.Fr. mondain of this world, worldly, earthly, secular; also pure, clean; noble, generous (12c.), from L.L. mundanus belonging to the world (as distinct from the Church), in classical Latin a citizen of the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mundane — worldly, *earthly, earthy, terrestrial, sublunary Analogous words: fleshly, sensual, *carnal, animal: secular, temporal, *profane Antonyms: eternal Contrasted words: *infinite, sempiternal, boundless: heavenly, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mundane — [adj] ordinary banal, commonplace, day to day, earthly, everyday, humdrum*, lowly, normal, prosaic, routine, workaday*, workday, worldly; concept 547 Ant. exciting, extraordinary, heavenly, supernatural, wonderful …   New thesaurus

  • mundane — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking interest or excitement. 2) of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one. DERIVATIVES mundanely adverb mundaneness noun mundanity noun. ORIGIN from Latin mundus world …   English terms dictionary

  • mundane — [mun′dān΄, mun dān′] adj. [LME mondeyne < OFr mondain < LL mundanus < L mundus, world (in LL(Ec), the secular world, as opposed to the church)] 1. of the world; esp., worldly, as distinguished from heavenly, spiritual, etc. 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • Mundane — For other uses, see Mundane (disambiguation). In subcultural and fictional uses, a mundane is a person who does not belong to a particular group, according to the members of that group; the implication is that such persons, lacking imagination,… …   Wikipedia

  • mundane — [[t]mʌ̱nde͟ɪn[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is mundane is very ordinary and not at all interesting or unusual. Be willing to do mundane tasks with good grace. ...the mundane realities of life. Syn: boring N SING: the N You can refer to mundane… …   English dictionary

  • mundane — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem, sound ▪ become ▪ find sth ▪ I found the job very mundane. ADVERB …   Collocations dictionary

  • mundane — mun|dane [mʌnˈdeın] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: mondain, from Latin mundus world ] 1.) ordinary and not interesting or exciting = ↑boring ▪ Initially, the work was pretty mundane. ▪ The mundane task of setting the table can be fun on… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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