- The definition of quotidian is something boring, mundane or occurring every day.
Your typical daily trek to work where absolutely nothing interesting ever happens is an example of something that would be described as a quotidian trek.
- daily; recurring every day
- everyday; usual or ordinary
Origin of quotidianMiddle English cotidian ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin quotidianus ; from quotidie, daily ; from quot, as many as (for Indo-European base see quote) + dies, day
- Everyday; commonplace: “There's nothing quite like a real &ellipsis; train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute” (Anita Diamant).
- Recurring daily. Used especially of attacks of malaria.
Origin of quotidianMiddle English cotidien, from Old French, from Latin quōtīdiānus, from quōtīdiē, each day : quot, how many, as many as; see kwo- in Indo-European roots + diē, ablative of diēs, day; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more quotidian, superlative most quotidian)
- (medicine) Recurring every twenty-four hours or (more generally) daily (of symptoms etc.). [from 14th c.]
- Happening every day; daily. [from 15th c.]
- Having the characteristics of something which can be seen, experienced etc. every day or very commonly; commonplace, ordinary; trivial, mundane. [from 15th c.]
- (medicine, now rare, historical) A fever which recurs every day; quotidian malaria. [from 14th c.]
- (Anglicanism, historical) A daily allowance formerly paid to certain members of the clergy. [from 16th c.]
- (usually with definite article) Commonplace or mundane things regarded as a class. [from 20th c.]
From Anglo-Norman cotidian, cotidien, Middle French cotidian, cotidien, and their source, Latin cottÄ«diÄnus, quÅtÄ«diÄnus (“happening every day"), from adverb cottÄ«diÄ“, quÅtÄ«diÄ“ (“every day, daily"), from an unattested adjective derived from quot (“how many") + locative form of diÄ“s (“day").