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[suhb-loo-ner-ee, suhb-loo-nuh-ree] /ˈsʌb lʊˌnɛr i, sʌbˈlu nə ri/
situated beneath the moon or between the earth and the moon.
characteristic of or pertaining to the earth; terrestrial.
mundane or worldly:
fleeting, sublunary pleasure.
Also, sublunar
[suhb-loo-ner] /sʌbˈlu nər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of sublunary
1585-95; < Late Latin sublūn(āris) (see sub-, lunar) + -ary Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sublunary
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  • Pushkin was able to convince himself that the heart intrusted to him was a treasure far above the merits of any sublunary being.

    The Green Book Mr Jkai
  • Providence has a hand in this, as in all other sublunary dispensations.

  • All hope of happiness, in this mutable and sublunary scene, was fled.

    Ormond, Volume III (of 3) Charles Brockden Brown
  • Happiness in this sublunary state can scarcely be felt, but by a comparison with misery.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Like all sublunary things, Rome has felt the vicissitudes of time and fortune.

  • William Quirke has a wish to remain in this sublunary sphere.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Such variegated splendor, such a dancing of the Constellations; sublunary Berlin, and all the world, on tiptoe round it!

  • Prudence with them is a matter of thrill like the rest of sublunary contrivances.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • But good and evil are strangely mingled in this sublunary world.

    The Surgeon's Daughter Sir Walter Scott
  • He, as I knew, was not in a state to interest himself in any sublunary matters.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for sublunary


situated between the moon and the earth
of or relating to the earth or world
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin, from Latin sub- + lūna moon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sublunary

1590s, from Modern Latin sublunaris, from sub- (see sub-) + lunaris (see lunar).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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