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[muhn-deyn, muhn-deyn] /mʌnˈdeɪn, ˈmʌn deɪn/
common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.
of or relating to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; worldly; earthly:
mundane affairs.
of or relating to the world, universe, or earth.
Origin of mundane
1425-75; < Latin mundānus, equivalent to mund(us) world + -ānus -ane; replacing late Middle English mondeyne < Middle French mondain < Latin, as above
Related forms
mundanely, adverb
mundaneness, noun
1. secular, temporal. See earthly. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mundane
  • 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.
  • The mundane sort of piracy can be scary enough.
  • One mundane example is e-mail: Many professors report that shy students participate more if they can ask questions online.
  • In any other year it might have been a mundane appearance.
  • The hold-up scene was dramatic, but others center on decisions much more mundane.
  • You may be assigned mundane tasks like scheduling appointments.
  • And many of their proposals are almost embarrassingly mundane.
British Dictionary definitions for mundane


/ˈmʌndeɪn; mʌnˈdeɪn/
everyday, ordinary, or banal
relating to the world or worldly matters
Derived Forms
mundanely, adverb
mundanity, mundaneness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from French mondain, via Late Latin, from Latin mundus world
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Word Origin and History for mundane

mid-15c., "of this world," from Old French mondain "of this world, worldly, earthly, secular;" also "pure, clean; noble, generous" (12c.), from Late Latin mundanus "belonging to the world" (as distinct from the Church), in classical Latin "a citizen of the world, cosmopolite," from mundus "universe, world," literally "clean, elegant"; used as a translation of Greek khosmos (see cosmos) in its Pythagorean sense of "the physical universe" (the original sense of the Greek word was "orderly arrangement"). Latin mundus also was used of a woman's "ornaments, dress," and is related to the adjective mundus "clean, elegant" (used of women's dress, etc.). Related: Mundanely.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mundane in Technology

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.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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