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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
triv•i•al /ˈtrɪviəl/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. of or relating to trivia:He was overreacting to what was really a trivial offense on her part.
triv•i•al•i•ty /ˌtrɪviˈælɪti/USA pronunciation  n., pl.  -ties. [uncountable]: the triviality of considering what clothes to wear after an earthquake.[countable]: the trivialities of daily living.See -via-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
triv•i•al  (trivē əl),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of very little importance or value;
    insignificant:Don't bother me with trivial matters.
  2. commonplace;
    ordinary.
  3. Biology(of names of organisms) specific, as distinguished from generic.
  4. Mathematics
    • noting a solution of an equation in which the value of every variable of the equation is equal to zero.
    • (of a theorem, proof, or the like) simple, transparent, or immediately evident.
  5. Chemistry(of names of chemical compounds) derived from the natural source, or of historic origin, and not according to the systematic nomenclature:Picric acid is the trivial name of 2,4,6-trinitrophenol.
trivi•al•ly, adv. 
  • Latin triviālis belonging to the crossroads or street corner, hence commonplace, equivalent. to tri- tri- + vi(a) road + -ālis -al1
  • late Middle English 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unimportant, nugatory, slight, immaterial, inconsequential, frivolous, trifling. See  petty. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged important.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

trivial /ˈtrɪvɪəl/ adj
  1. of little importance; petty or frivolous: trivial complaints
  2. ordinary or commonplace; trite: trivial conversation
  3. denoting the popular name of an organism or substance, as opposed to the scientific one
  4. of or relating to the trivium
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin triviālis belonging to the public streets, common, from trivium crossroads, junction of three roads, from tri- + via road

ˈtrivially adv ˈtrivialness n



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