Definitions

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

  • adj. Everyday; commonplace: "There's nothing quite like a real . . . train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute” ( Anita Diamant).
  • adj. Recurring daily. Used especially of attacks of malaria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Occurring or returning daily.
  • n. Anything returning daily; especially (Med.), an intermittent fever or ague which returns every day.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Daily; occurring or returning daily: as, a quotidian fever.
  • n. Something that returns or is expected every day; specifically, in medicine, a fever whose paroxysms return every day.
  • n. A cleric or church officer who does daily duty.
  • n. Payment given for such duty.

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

  • adj. found in the ordinary course of events

Etymologies

Middle English cotidien, from Old French, from Latin quōtīdiānus, from quōtīdiē, each day : quot, how many, as many as; + diē, ablative of diēs, day.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman cotidian, cotidien, Middle French cotidian, cotidien, and their source, Latin cottīdiānus, quōtīdiānus ("happening every day"), from adverb cottīdiē, quōtīdiē ("every day, daily"), from an unattested adjective derived from quot ("how many") + locative form of diēs ("day"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • 'We know that we abide with quarks and constellations in a reality unknowable by us in a degree, we will never be able to calculate but reality all the same, the stuff and the matrix of our supposedly qotidian existence'. The Absence of Mind by Marilynne Robinson 2010.

    April 20, 2013

  • There's a bakery/restaurant near my campus with decent coffee and overpriced, delicious pastries and breads called Le Pain Quotidien, which, of course is from the French meaning "daily beating." Reminds me of my childhood in the 1980's New York City school system.

    March 2, 2009

  • Beauty is not quotidian, it is a rare delight

    December 4, 2008

  • i love that in medicine it denotes the malignant form of malaria. so it's everyday stuff or DEATHLY MOSQUITO BITES.

    May 8, 2008

  • Wow, I haven't thought of that in years. But you're right--it is like an earworm.

    Oh, great....

    November 11, 2007

  • Every time I see this word go by on the front page--which is kinda frequently--I start reciting the Lord's Prayer in Latin: "Pater noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum, adveniat regnum tuum, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimite nobis debita nostra, et dimitimus debitoribus nostrus, et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo, Amen."

    I have no idea if any of that is right (it's been quite a while). But "quotidian" definitely makes me recite the last part in my head. And then I get kinda mad because I don't really remember it that well. It's like an earworm, but you don't know all the words. Aaagh!

    November 11, 2007

  • November 2, 2007

  • Dude, quotato's awesome. No worries.

    January 22, 2007

  • Oh no! My wordie name is quotato---sounds like word quotidian

    December 5, 2006