Definition of quotidian in English:

quotidian

adjective

  • 1Of or occurring every day; daily.

    ‘the car sped noisily off through the quotidian traffic’
    • ‘At the same time, I also felt some sympathy for an 18-year old who sounds a bit freaked out by the Blogosphere's focused attention on her quotidian activities.’
    • ‘Models sat cross-legged on the floor, smoking and poring over The Daily, Fashion Week's quotidian rag.’
    • ‘She loved them for their mortality, for their casual acceptance of the dark, and for their quotidian lives, so unlike her own.’
    • ‘Robert Elms' excellent phone-in show on BBC London often features such mundane yet satisfying acts of gaming in quotidian urban life.’
    • ‘As recorded severally elsewhere in these quotidian chronicles, a frequent bringer of singular annoyances is Dr. Crow.’
    • ‘But in truth, and more interestingly, there's a private life of globalization, one that exists in the quotidian experiences of millions whose lives have been enriched by new technologies.’
    • ‘The quotidian machinations of court life in the great European cities of the time are utterly bewildering - one sort of sinks into a delighted daze at the insane levels of ever-shifting information flows.’
    • ‘The orderly operation of the federal government depends upon this continuous and quotidian cooperation.’
    • ‘That's the main point of this book to me - over and above its function as a quite beautiful visual artifact, it serves as a powerful reminder that the essential, quotidian experience of the modern city is change.’
    • ‘The quotidian chores became his existential challenge.’
    • ‘The cover sports a photograph of Dove's grandparents, giving a sense of the ordinary people whose quotidian lives will be fleetingly sketched within.’
    • ‘Freeman has imagined an elaborate narrative set in a fantastic world, but he creates it from the easily overlooked sections of our quotidian existence.’
    • ‘As a thorough break from London's quotidian chaos, whilst retaining all the trappings of urban civilisation, I can recommend it thoroughly.’
    • ‘Although one got a glimpse of the colorful nature of quotidian reality in the Niger Delta from the video documentaries, a couple of large pictures showing people in vividly hued clothing would have done the trick.’
    • ‘In our quotidian acts of reverence, we read these portraits with ineffable sadness, but every day we are exalted by them, joining in the community of a city that has discovered itself in a union of souls.’
    • ‘Using the most direct video methods, Auder captures such quotidian rituals as shaving, applying makeup, dressing and undressing, nursing, bathing, etc.’
    • ‘On the one hand, at the level of ritual, ceremony and a broad range of other quotidian practices, there is a great deal of retention of local features that are quite continuous with many aspects of Hindu life and cultural practice.’
    • ‘What if they declare that it's time for the public to be told some of the hard truths about the intelligence community's quotidian operations?’
    • ‘This French mockumentary is blandly violent, following the quotidian activities of its despicable yet oddly loveable lead character…’
    • ‘Here is an enchanted world, a sanctuary for humans as much as for animals, in which the niggling concerns of our quotidian existence seem thousands of miles away.’
    • ‘The author's stated goal was to lead the reader to see everything, from the simple quotidian rituals of Zen monastic life to the most abstract philosophical vision, as a Buddha would.’
    daily, everyday, day-to-day
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    1. 1.1Ordinary or everyday; mundane.
      ‘his story is an achingly human one, mired in quotidian details’
      • ‘Big moments, like Mark and Joanna's wedding or the birth of their daughter, are wisely avoided in favor of concentrating on small quotidian details that add up to a detailed profile of a marriage in flux.’
      • ‘In watching, absorbing the ritualised cycle of the days and nights among the living and the dead, maybe we can find a sense of the quotidian nature of death that can draw away so much of the fear.’
      • ‘Can you say a little more about how these ideas play out in design and the more quotidian worlds of publishing, packaging, branding and promotion?’
      • ‘In the opening set piece a husband and wife breakfast together, a setting so quotidian its very normality is suspicious.’
      • ‘The immeasurable joy generated by the most quotidian of family functions reinforces this commitment on a daily basis.’
      • ‘Sponges, rolls of tape, a paper cup, rotating disks and coloured paper are the players in this quotidian drama.’
      • ‘So a different outlook would be one which seeks to fuse again ordinary quotidian life with beauty, with art in its proper sense as ‘a thing made well’.’
      • ‘Of course, the play is novel for more reasons than just its quotidian setting: it's also the ‘first official thing’ Dean has penned for the stage and the first collaboration between him and Lemoine’
      • ‘Far from being quotidian these glamorous fancies push fashion to the limit in their testing fusion of ego-soothing props and dreamy confection.’
      • ‘I concentrate, more than I think virtually any comic book artist has in the past, on the so-called mundane details of every day life - quotidian life.’
      • ‘But the home of his London followers, established in the last century by the great Cardinal Newman, has a dull, quotidian atmosphere; it is a place of quiet footsteps and mumbled greetings.’
      • ‘But these scenes, despite their snapshot appearance and quotidian subject matter, are scarcely authentic.’
      • ‘Reasoning for the ordinary and quotidian experiences of observation, Diderot demanded not only the artist but also the art critic to be liberated from the studio model.’
      • ‘But the effect is calculatedly bathetic, since it turns out that what saves or condemns you is such embarrassingly quotidian matters as whether you fed the hungry and visited the sick.’
      • ‘And the video, the video: ‘We Close Your Eyes’ seemed to be on the Chart Show every week for a year, a sign of how functional and quotidian pop had become.’
      • ‘The details are quotidian, but the underlying questions both simple and profound: Who am I?’
      • ‘The neighbours' cars came and went, but with Garda door-to-door inquiries and the chronology of the previous hours slowly coming to light, it was anything but quotidian.’
      • ‘Much of the diary, rather than mapping the thrilling peaks and troughs of Meeting Mr Right, records the more deceptively challenging, quotidian slog across the lifelong plateau thereafter: Living with Mr Right.’
      • ‘One thus can't claim that it was feminism that first started to regulate ‘the most quotidian, private corners of life.’’
      • ‘How could I leave a moment early only to return to my quotidian life?’
  • 2Medicine
    Denoting the malignant form of malaria.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin quotidianus, earlier cotidianus, from cotidie daily.

Pronunciation:

quotidian

/kwəʊˈtɪdɪən//kwɒˈtɪdɪən/