Increasing Your Vocabulary: Mondain

Mondain is a word with applications in today’s times, though the word has been around since the 1830’s. The word is used to describe certain people and it can be used as either a noun or an adjective.

This word is a reference to a fashionable man or one who is worldly. There is an indication that this applies equally well to fashionable or worldly women, too.

That is to say that if a person strives toward outward appearances and fashion of the times, they are mondain.

The word comes from a blend of the French word ‘mondain’, meaning socialite, and the Latin ‘mundus’, meaning ‘of the world’. That being the case, it has an extremely similar actual meaning to the word “mundane”. Mundane has the same origins.

With so many people who try so hard to be fashionable and worldly, this word definitely fits today’s society. It also lends new meaning to the term ‘mundane’.

What do you think?

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Written by Rex Trulove

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    • It’s true. I’ve never really understood that, to be honest. From my point of view, the only people they impress are other mondains. Let’s face it, fashions, like mankind, are fickle at best. There is a natural drive to impress other people and I’ve worked hard (and continue to work) to overcome that human tendency. The only one I need to impress is God, and I can never impress God because he wrote the story of my life before I was even born. I can only hope to please Him, not impress him. Thus, I’m not held sway by fashion and really couldn’t care less.

      • Yes you are right Rex. There are so many sad people in the world that don’t even realize they are sad. Nor do they realize there is a whole new world out there for them that does not judge and you can be yourself. It bothers me to see so many go down the wrong path.

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