Definition of banal in English:


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Pronunciation: /bəˈnɑːl
, -ˈnal/


So lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring: songs with banal, repeated words
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  • The banal and obvious truth is that life and a country are largely what you make of them.
  • No one can get excited about the most boring and banal of road stops like this guy.
  • I made a long list of quite banal and boring questions that I went through and asked this man.
trite, hackneyed, clichéd, platitudinous, vapid, commonplace, ordinary, common, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictable, overused, overdone, overworked, stale, worn out, time-worn, tired, threadbare, hoary, hack, unimaginative, unoriginal, derivative, uninspired, prosaic, dull, boring, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrum
informal old hat, corny, played out, hacky
North American informal cornball, dime-store


mid 18th century (originally relating to feudal service in the sense 'compulsory', hence 'common to all'): from French, from ban 'a proclamation or call to arms'; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ban1.



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  • (All banally true, but in the context of the programme, it was a sudden outbreak of sensitivity).
  • Number 3 seems banally sensible, until you read Howard's closing statement.
  • Children may be the future, as the authors banally point out, but adults are the people who decide the direction.

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