Definition of pedestrian adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈdestriən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈdestriən//
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  1. 1[only before noun] used by or for the use of pedestrians; connected with pedestrians pedestrian areas Pedestrian accidents are down by 5%.
  2. 2without any imagination or excitement; dull synonym unimaginative Her latest play is more pedestrian and less ambitious than her earlier work.
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from French pédestre or Latin pedester ‘going on foot’, also ‘written in prose’ + -ian. Early use in English was in the description of writing as ‘prosaic’.Extra examples His drawing is pedestrian, although his mind is not. It is a factual and somewhat pedestrian programme. The curriculum is narrow and pedestrian.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pedestrian