from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or typical of this world; secular.
  • adj. Relating to, characteristic of, or concerned with commonplaces; ordinary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. worldly, earthly, profane, vulgar as opposed to heavenly
  • adj. Pertaining to the Universe, cosmos or physical reality, as opposed to the spiritual world.
  • adj. ordinary; not new
  • adj. tedious; repetitive and boring
  • n. A person considered to be "normal", not part of the elite group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the world; worldly, as contrasted with heavenly; earthly; terrestrial.
  • adj. Commonplace; ordinary; banal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to this world; worldly; terrestrial; earthly: as, this mundane sphere; mundane existence.
  • In astrology, relating to the horizon, and not to the ecliptic.
  • n. A dweller in this world.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. concerned with the world or worldly matters
  • adj. belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly
  • adj. found in the ordinary course of events


Middle English mondeine, from Old French mondain, from Latin mundānus, from mundus, world.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mundanus, from mundus ("world"). (Wiktionary)



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