mundane

[muhn-deyn, muhn-deyn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; worldly; earthly: mundane affairs.
2.
common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.
3.
of or pertaining to the world, universe, or earth.

Origin:
1425–75; < Latin mundānus, equivalent to mund(us) world + -ānus -ane; replacing late Middle English mondeyne < Middle French mondain < Latin, as above

mundanely, adverb
mundaneness, noun
postmundane, adjective
submundane, adjective
unmundane, adjective
unmundanely, adverb


1. secular, temporal. See earthly.
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mundane (ˈmʌndeɪn, mʌnˈdeɪn)
 
adj
1.  everyday, ordinary, or banal
2.  relating to the world or worldly matters
 
[C15: from French mondain, via Late Latin, from Latin mundus world]
 
'mundanely
 
adv
 
mun'danity
 
n
 
'mundaneness
 
n

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mundane
late 15c., from M.Fr. mondain (12c.), from L. mundanus "belonging to the world" (as distinct from the Church), from mundus "universe, world," lit. "clean, elegant"; used as a transl. of Gk. khosmos (see cosmos) in its Pythagorean sense of "the physical universe" (the original
sense of the Gk. word was "orderly arrangement"). L. mundus also was used of a woman's "ornaments, dress," and is related to the adj. mundus "clean, elegant" (used of women's dress, etc.). Related: Mundanity.
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mundane

n. [from SF fandom]
1. A person who is not in science fiction fandom.
2. A person who is not in the computer industry. In this sense, most often an adjectival modifier as in "in my mundane life...." See also Real World.
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Computing Dictionary

mundane definition

jargon
Someone outside some group that is implicit from the context, such as the computer industry or science fiction fandom. The implication is that those in the group are special and those outside are just ordinary.
(2000-07-22)

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Example sentences
What I fear is that my conclusions appear trivial and mundane.
To the layman our modes of space travel can seem a little mundane.
But his greatest gift—one of particular relevance to the business
  traveller—is the way he forces readers to rethink the mundane.
The scientist's life isn't all mind-expanding lectures, glamorous awards
  ceremonies and straightforward (if mundane) lab work.
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