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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ba•nal /bəˈnæl, -ˈnɑl, ˈbeɪnəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. lacking freshness or originality;
    trite:a banal plot.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ba•nal  (bə nal, -näl, bānl), 
  1. devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed;
    trite:a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.
  • French; Old French: pertaining to a ban (see ban2, -al1)
  • 1745–55
ba•nal•i•ty  (bə nali tē, bā-), 
ba•nally, adv. 
See commonplace. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

banal /bəˈnɑːl/ adj
  1. lacking force or originality; trite; commonplace
Etymology: 18th Century: from Old French: relating to compulsory feudal service, hence common to all, commonplace; from ban ban²

banality /bəˈnælɪtɪ/ n baˈnally adv

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