Examples of banal in a Sentence
The more banal, the more commonplace, the more predictable, the triter, the staler, the dumber, the better. —Don DeLillo, Mao II, 1991
… it seemed to me that computers have been used in ways that are salutary, in ways that are dangerous, banal and cruel, and in ways that seem harmless if a little silly. —Tracy Kidder, The Soul of a New Machine, 1981
The instructor's script is banal, relying heavily on images of waves on a beach or clouds in the sky. —Maxine Kumin, “Wintering Over,” 1979, in In Deep, 1987
He made some banal remarks about the weather.
The writing was banal but the story was good.
Recent Examples of banal from the Web
Brown’s performance latches on to that nebulous horror of the banal, and turns it into high drama.
Of this trippy generation of shows, The Leftovers staged the most convincing relationship between the real and the imagined, the banal and the bizarre.
Two lives severed by the banal cruelty of drunk driving.
Even banal things like making a cup of tea or reading a particular newspaper headline seem familiar.
The hotels all had bidets, of course, much to the banal amusement and confusion of the adolescent boys in our group.
Language is organized into meaningful units such as words, and a system of rules -- a grammar -- that enables us to compose our words and express everything from the gnawing ache of unrequited love to a banal observation on the weather.
Their essays - some of them are signed, others are not - include personal encounters with bipolar disorder, gastric bypass surgery and Antonio Banderas, yet the book barely rises above the banal.
We’ve all gotten mired in banal small talk at some point.
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How do you pronounce banal?
There are several pronunciations of banal, but the three most common are \BAY-nul\, \buh-NAHL\, and \buh-NAL\ (which rhymes with canal). The earliest pronunciation given in our dictionaries is the now-unused \BAN-ul\ (rhymes with “flannel); it is attested to in our dictionaries back to the 1800s, but has dropped out of use. \BAY-nul\ is the next oldest pronunciation. The more recent \buh-NAL\ and \buh-NAHL\ came about through French influence, since banal was borrowed into English from French, and those two pronunciations are closer to the French pronunciation of banal. All three pronunciations are acceptable in educated speech; \buh-NAL\ is currently the most common, followed by \BAY-nul\ and then \buh-NAHL. There is no reason to condemn any of them as incorrect.
Origin and Etymology of banal
French, from Middle French, of compulsory feudal service, possessed in common, commonplace, from ban
First Known Use: 1825See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of banal
BANAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of banal for English Language Learners
: boring or ordinary : not interesting
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