American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Occurring or returning daily.
- n. Anything returning daily; especially (Med.), an intermittent fever or ague which returns every day.
- adj. found in the ordinary course of events
- 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)
- 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)
“English landscape, Austen offers a sort of test case that asks how the sensibility endorsed by the eighteenth-century novel fares in quotidian England.”
“I never heard the word quotidian in this sense, and I imagined it to be a word of Dr. Johnson's own fabrication; but I have since found it in”
Life of Johnson
“I never heard the word quotidian in this sense, and I imagined it to be a word of Dr Johnson's own fabrication; but I have since found it in Young's”
“Austen’s heroines ask readers to choose between two versions of English identity: the familiar heroine of sensibility, who is comically out of place in quotidian England, or a pragmatic heroine of sense, who is capable of navigating the changing class structure of early nineteenth-century England.”
“I never heard the word quotidian in this sense, and I imagined it to be a word of Dr Johnson’s own fabrication; but”
“These (sung, but not high, Masses), are the Masses that are called quotidianæ in the Missal.”
“The laid-back tone of the show is the same as ever: Big Hollywood events are sparsely interspersed with the monotony of the quotidian even if the quotidian is a high roller's.”
“The quotidian is the daily, the ordinary existence, the "what happens anyway".”
“It means "daily bread," but somehow "quotidian" seems right for Seinfeld, 52, a guy whose entire career is built on his bemused study of everyday life.”
“Under his expert hand, the Wiener Philharmoniker, apt to phone it in for something as "quotidian" as Mozart's 40th, shines and sparkles with the swank and swagger only it has.”
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