Definition of mundane in US English:



  • 1Lacking interest or excitement; dull.

    ‘seeking a way out of his mundane, humdrum existence’
    • ‘I apologize to any readers who spent valuable minutes reading limitless minutiae about my mundane existence.’
    • ‘Stacked ahead of me are the dull and mundane tasks that'd bore anyone with an IQ higher than their pants size.’
    • ‘Brands that stand out here take an otherwise ordinary and mundane activity and make it more interesting and engaging.’
    • ‘In fact, it's almost easy to not read beyond her almost lyrical prose that makes the most mundane of everyday routines fascinating.’
    • ‘The next day was as boring, mundane, unexciting, humdrum, dull, tedious, uneventful and monotonous as usual.’
    • ‘It is also full of the mundane, the pedestrian and the downright dull and ugly.’
    • ‘We put fancy, bubbly skins on the dull and mundane and think that we're making it all more interesting.’
    • ‘But its in the execution and delivery that these common themes are saved from becoming mundane and boring.’
    • ‘It overlooks the mundane reality of everyday policing, which is often boring, messy, petty, trivial and venal.’
    • ‘Just as today, in the past a great deal of rubbish was generated by the mundane activities of everyday existence.’
    • ‘We all joked about the mundane and unexciting routines which the majority of us shared with girlfriends and wives.’
    • ‘Those acronyms, some might say, are designed to add a hint of excitement to an otherwise mundane and dull industry.’
    • ‘Her conversation was mundane and her interests narrow.’
    • ‘Coupled with the fact that the main thrust of all the stuff I've done lately is repetitive, mundane, monotonous data entry.’
    • ‘They just wanted to see something exciting happen, something to break up the mundane humdrum of everyday life.’
    • ‘The truth is far more mundane and less interesting than the story might suggest.’
    • ‘She has the happy knack of making the most mundane report appear interesting.’
    • ‘One of the strangest things that happens to you when you are raising a toddler is how the normally mundane things get you incredibly excited.’
    • ‘But underneath all the excitement lurk the mundane pressures of the daily grind.’
    • ‘It is has been really relaxing and all the mundane hassles of normal day-to-day life seem a million miles away.’
    humdrum, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, tiresome, wearisome, prosaic, unexciting, uninteresting, uneventful, unvarying, unvaried, unremarkable, repetitive, repetitious, routine, ordinary, everyday, day-to-day, quotidian, run-of-the-mill, commonplace, common, workaday, usual, pedestrian, customary, regular, normal
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  • 2Of this earthly world rather than a heavenly or spiritual one.

    ‘the boundaries of the mundane world’
    • ‘Such power can be put to use for achieving mundane objectives or spiritual advancement.’
    • ‘In three separate films, he finds the meditational and spiritual in relatively mundane images.’
    • ‘In relating to the activities in life, whether spiritual or mundane, their sense of workability disappears, and they face a state of bleakness.’
    • ‘Monks, nomads and family members needed attention - spiritual, medical and mundane.’
    • ‘The book's grand aims are filtered through his muddled mind, which has the unfortunate effect of making his spiritual quest seem mundane.’
    • ‘True transcendentalists have no interest in mundane material life.’
    • ‘To increase the dosage of awe and joy in daily life, transform the mundane into something more spiritual.’
    • ‘The focus is on trees that have served as mediators between mundane human life and spiritual or ancestral realms.’
    • ‘The Japanese elevated the mundane practice of drinking tea to a spiritual discipline.’
    • ‘Sitting by a river meditating is nice, but real spirituality comes from making the mundane sacred.’
    • ‘Jewish spirituality comes through grappling with the mundane world in a way that uplifts and elevates.’
    • ‘An interest in mundane evil can also be found in retellings of more traditional stories.’
    • ‘Again, this is in an effort to help the people of the tribe live in accord with spiritual and mundane realities.’
    • ‘The other major technique used to maintain a view of the sacred and the spiritual is to reframe the mundane in spiritual terms.’
    • ‘Such seemingly spiritual forms are sometimes offset by the depiction of something mundane.’
    • ‘It's your own world where the mundane things of life are relegated to the background while spirited things take over.’
    • ‘Because God is in everything and everyone, the most mundane activity is regarded as a spiritual activity.’
    • ‘The diary juxtaposes the profound and the mundane, rather like life itself.’
    earthly, worldly, terrestrial, material, temporal, secular, non-spiritual, fleshly, carnal, sensual
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    1. 2.1 Relating to or denoting the branch of astrology that deals with political, social, economic, and geophysical events and processes.
      • ‘The second is mundane astrology, concerning the rise and fall of kingdoms, battles, revolutions, etc.’
      • ‘The lowest branch of mundane, kings and potentates, is but a short step from natal astrology.’
      • ‘Its influence was always dreaded in mundane astrology, being unfavorable to the farmer's work.’
      • ‘Every indication is negative for peace as far as mundane astrology is concerned.’


Late Middle English (in mundane (sense 2)): from Old French mondain, from late Latin mundanus, from Latin mundus ‘world’. mundane (sense 1) dates from the late 19th century.