[ buh-nal, -nahl, beyn-l ]
/ bəˈnæl, -ˈnɑl, ˈbeɪn l /
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite: a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.
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Related formsba·nal·i·ty [buh-nal-i-tee, bey-] /bəˈnæl ɪ ti, beɪ-/, nounba·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for banal
/ (bəˈnɑːl) /
lacking force or originality; trite; commonplace
Derived Formsbanality (bəˈnælɪtɪ), nounbanally, adverb
Word Origin for banal
C18: from Old French: relating to compulsory feudal service, hence common to all, commonplace; from ban ban ²
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