Banal meaning

bə-năl, bānəl, bə-näl
Common in a boring way, to the point of being predictable; containing nothing new or fresh.
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Dull or stale as because of overuse; trite; hackneyed; commonplace.
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The definition of banal is something common or overused.

An example of something banal are boring knock-knock jokes that have been told many times before.

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Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite.
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Origin of banal

  • French from Old French shared by tenants in a feudal jurisdiction from ban summons to military service of Germanic origin bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French banal, from Medieval Latin bannalis (“pertaining to compulsory feudal service, applied especially to mills, wells, ovens, etc., used in common by people of the lower classes, upon the command of a feudal superior; hence, common, commonplace”), from bannum (“command, proclamation”).

    From Wiktionary