from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite: "Blunt language cannot hide a banal conception” ( James Wolcott).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Common in a boring way, to the point of being predictable; containing nothing new or fresh.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Commonplace; trivial; hackneyed; trite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Subject to manorial rights; used in common: as, a banal mill or oven. See banality.
- Common; commonplace; hackneyed; trite; stale.
- Of or pertaining to a ban, or provincial governor: as, the royal banal court at Agram. See ban.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
French, from Old French, shared by tenants in a feudal jurisdiction, from ban, summons to military service, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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"). (Wiktionary)