quotidian [kwoh-tid-ee-uh n] Word Origin adjective

  1. daily: a quotidian report.
  2. usual or customary; everyday: quotidian needs.
  3. ordinary; commonplace: paintings of no more than quotidian artistry.
  4. (of a fever, ague, etc.) characterized by paroxysms that recur daily.


  1. something recurring daily.
  2. a quotidian fever or ague.

Origin of quotidian 1300–50; Latin quotīdiānus, cottīdiānus daily, equivalent to cottīdi(ē) every day (adv.) (*quot(t)ī a locative form akin to quot however many occur, every + diē, ablative of diēs day; cf. meridian) + -ānus -an; replacing Middle English cotidien Old French Latin, as aboveRelated formsquo·tid·i·an·ly, adverbquo·tid·i·an·ness, noun British Dictionary definitions for quotidianly quotidian adjective

  1. (esp of attacks of malarial fever) recurring daily
  2. everyday; commonplace


  1. a malarial fever characterized by attacks that recur daily

Word Origin for quotidian C14: from Latin quotīdiānus, variant of cottīdiānus daily Word Origin and History for quotidianly quotidian adj.

mid-14c., “everyday, daily,” from Old French cotidian (Modern French quotidien), from Latin quotidianus “daily,” from Latin quotus “how many? which in order or number?” (see quote (v.)) + dies “day” (see diurnal). Meaning “ordinary, commonplace, trivial” is from mid-15c.

quotidianly in Medicine quotidian [kwō-tĭd′ē-ən] adj.

  1. Recurring daily. Used especially of attacks of malaria.

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