Definition of banal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bəˈnɑːl//
; NAmE NAmE//bəˈnɑːl//
, also NAmE//ˈbeɪnl//
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very ordinary and containing nothing that is interesting or important a banal conversation about the weather Word Originmid 18th cent. (originally relating to feudal service in the sense of ‘compulsory’): from French, from ban ‘a proclamation or call to arms’; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ban.Extra examples He knew how banal the question was as soon as he had asked it. She murmured some banal phrases of encouragement. They were having a banal conversation about the weather.
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