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English definition of “mortal”

mortal

noun [C]     /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.Ordinary people
(Definition of mortal noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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