trivial

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • From Latin triviālis (appropriate to the street-corner, commonplace, vulgar), from trivium (place where three roads meet). Compare trivium, trivia.
  • From the distinction between trivium (the lower division of the liberal arts; grammar, logic and rhetoric) and quadrivium (the higher division of the seven liberal arts in the Middle Ages, composed of geometry, astronomy, arithmetic, and music).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹɪ.vi.əl/
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Adjective[edit]

trivial (comparative more trivial, superlative most trivial)

  1. Ignorable; of little significance or value.
    • 1848, Thackeray, William Makepeace, Vanity Fair, Bantam Classics (1997), 16:
      "All which details, I have no doubt, Jones, who reads this book at his Club, will pronounce to be excessively foolish, trivial, twaddling, and ultra-sentimental."
  2. Commonplace, ordinary.
    • (Can we date this quote by De Quincey and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      As a scholar, meantime, he was trivial, and incapable of labour.
  3. Concerned with or involving trivia.
  4. (taxonomy) Relating to or designating the name of a species; specific as opposed to generic.
  5. (mathematics) Of, relating to, or being the simplest possible case.
  6. (mathematics) Self-evident.
  7. Pertaining to the trivium.
  8. (philosophy) Indistinguishable in case of truth or falsity.

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Noun[edit]

trivial (plural trivials)

  1. (obsolete) Any of the three liberal arts forming the trivium.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Skelton to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wood to this entry?)

References[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for trivial in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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trivial (masculine and feminine plural trivials)

  1. trivial

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French[edit]

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trivial (feminine singular triviale, masculine plural triviaux, feminine plural triviales)

  1. trivial (common, easy, obvious)
  2. ordinary, mundane
  3. colloquial (language)

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Galician[edit]

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trivial m or f (plural triviais)

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French trivial, from Latin triviālis (common).

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trivial (comparative trivialer, superlative am trivialsten)

  1. trivial (common, easy, obvious)

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Piedmontese[edit]

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trivial

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Portuguese[edit]

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trivial m or f (plural triviais, comparable)

  1. trivial

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  • trivial in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French trivial.

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trivial m or n (feminine singular trivială, masculine plural triviali, feminine and neuter plural triviale)

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Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tɾiˈbjal/, [t̪ɾiˈβjal]
  • Hyphenation: tri‧vial

Adjective[edit]

trivial (plural triviales)

  1. trivial

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