adjective ba·nal \bə-ˈnal, ba-, -ˈnäl; bā-ˈnal; ˈbā-nəl\

: boring or ordinary : not interesting

Full Definition of BANAL

:  lacking originality, freshness, or novelty :  trite
ba·nal·ize \bə-ˈna-ˌlīz, ba-, -ˈnä-; bā-ˈna-; ˈbā-nəl-ˌīz\ transitive verb
ba·nal·ly \bə-ˈnal-lē, ba-, -ˈnäl-; bā-ˈnal-; ˈbā-nəl-(l)ē\ adverb

Examples of BANAL

  1. He made some banal remarks about the weather.
  2. The writing was banal but the story was good.
  3. The more banal, the more commonplace, the more predictable, the triter, the staler, the dumber, the better. —Don DeLillo, Mao II, 1991

Origin of BANAL

French, from Middle French, of compulsory feudal service, possessed in common, commonplace, from ban
First Known Use: 1825


adjective ba·nal \bə-ˈnal, ba-, -ˈnȧl; bā-ˈnal; ˈbān-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BANAL

:  of a common or ordinary kind <banal skin organisms> <a banal inflammation>


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