What does mundane mean?

Definitions for mundanemʌnˈdeɪn, ˈmʌn deɪn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mundane.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. everyday, mundane, quotidian, routine, unremarkable, workaday(adj)

    found in the ordinary course of events

    "a placid everyday scene"; "it was a routine day"; "there's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute"- Anita Diamant

  2. mundane, terrestrial(adj)

    concerned with the world or worldly matters

    "mundane affairs"; "he developed an immense terrestrial practicality"

  3. mundane, terrene(adj)

    belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly

    "not a fairy palace; yet a mundane wonder of unimagined kind"; "so terrene a being as himself"


  1. Mundane(a.)

    Commonplace; ordinary; banal.

  2. Origin: [L. mundanus, fr. mundus the world, an implement, toilet adornments, or dress; cf. mundus, a., clean, neat, Skr. ma to adorn, dress, maa adornment. Cf. Monde, Mound in heraldry.]


  1. mundane(Noun)

    A person considered to be "normal", not part of the elite group.

  2. mundane(Adjective)

    worldly, earthly, profane, vulgar as opposed to heavenly

  3. mundane(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the Universe, cosmos or physical reality, as opposed to the spiritual world.

  4. mundane(Adjective)

    ordinary; not new

  5. mundane(Adjective)

    tedious; repetitive and boring

  6. Origin: From mundanus, from mundus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mundane(adj)

    of or pertaining to the world; worldly; earthly; terrestrial; as, the mundane sphere

  2. Origin: [L. mundanus, fr. mundus the world, an implement, toilet adornments, or dress; cf. mundus, a., clean, neat, Skr. ma to adorn, dress, maa adornment. Cf. Monde, Mound in heraldry.]


  1. Mundane

    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, are concerned solely with the mundane: the quotidian and ordinary. In science fiction fandom and related fandoms the term is used to refer, sometimes deprecatingly, to non-fans; this use of the term antedates 1955.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mundane

    mun′dān, adj. belonging to the world: terrestrial.—adv. Mun′danely.—n. Mundan′ity. [Fr.,—L. mundanusmundus, the world.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. mundane

    [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, muggle.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mundane in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mundane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Allen:

    We have to shut the mundane up.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Don’t care about day to day things, don’t care about the mundane, but care about what matters.

  3. General Colin Powell:

    Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.

  4. Michael Jerryson:

    If you can turn a battle into good versus evil, or doing God's will, you will get so much more devotion, it's a calling that invokes more than the mundane; it raises the stakes.

  5. Philomena Mariani:

    The classic New York skyline has changed dramatically since Weegee's day, and the flurry of often mundane building construction over the last decades has obscured many of New York's iconic skyscrapers.

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