Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “mortal”

See all translations

mortal

adjective uk   /ˈmɔː.təl/ us    /ˈmɔːr.t̬əl/ literary
(of living things, especially people) unable to continue living for ever; having to die: For all men are mortal. causing death: a mortal injury/illness men engaged in mortal combat (= fighting until one of them dies) figurative New computing technology dealt a mortal blow to the power of the old printing unions.
Compare
mortal dread/fear/terror extreme anxiety about or fear of someone or something: We live in mortal dread of further attacks.mortal enemy, danger, threat, etc. a very serious and dangerous enemy, danger, threat, etc.

mortal

noun [C] uk   /ˈmɔː.təl/ us    /ˈmɔːr.t̬əl/ mainly humorous
an ordinary person, rather than a god or a special, important, or powerful person: The police officers guarding the door let in the celebrities, but they prevented us lesser/mere mortals from going inside.
Translations of “mortal”
in Korean 영원히 살지 못하는…
in Arabic فان…
in French mortel…
in Turkish fanî, ölümlü…
in Italian mortale…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指人)終有一死的, 致死的,致命的…
in Russian смертный…
in Polish śmiertelny…
in Spanish mortal…
in Portuguese mortal…
in German sterblich, tödlich…
in Catalan mortal…
in Japanese 死を免れない…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指人)终有一死的, 致死的,致命的…
(Definition of mortal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of mortal?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “mortal” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

justice

fairness in the way people are dealt with

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More