Meaning of TRIVIAL in English


I. ˈtrivēəl adjective

Etymology: in sense 1, from Middle English, from Medieval Latin trivialis, from trivium + Latin -alis -al; in other senses, from Latin trivialis that may be found everywhere, common, ordinary, trivial, from trivium crossroads, place where three roads meet, from tri- + via way, road — more at via

1. : of or belonging to the trivium

2. : common , ordinary , commonplace

the trivial round, the common task — John Keble

trivial pyrite — A.M.Bateman

— see trivial name 2,3


a. : of little worth or importance : insignificant , flimsy , minor , slight

trivial objections

trivial inconveniences

where a painter discards many trivial points of exactness — C.E.Montague

a trivial act of will — Allen Tate

the capital as well as the trivial sins — Henry Miller

wages from both jobs were trivial , but he also got tips — Leonard Berry

b. : concerned with trivialities

a trivial young woman — Sinclair Lewis

dissertation need not be dull or trivial — J.M.England

a trivial and badly ordered mind — John Dewey

4. : specific

the species of Quercus are notoriously variable in trivial characters — C.H.Muller

— see trivial name 1

Synonyms: see petty

II. adjective

: relating to or being the mathematically simplest case ; specifically : characterized by having all variables equal to zero

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.