Definition of trivia in English:



  • Details, considerations, or pieces of information of little importance or value.

    ‘we fill our days with meaningless trivia’
    • ‘Apart from a trip to the supermarket, we stayed home, catching up on trivia of course but, mostly, just resting.’
    • ‘This book abounds in detailed memories and fascinating trivia of this sort.’
    • ‘The Bank of England website contains a treasure trove of banknote trivia.’
    • ‘Weird bits of trivia detailing how much stuff we've lost and how weird some of it is, seem to have become perennial news items.’
    • ‘It was a testament to the public's thirst for trivia and anecdote.’
    • ‘The contents are more or less similar to ordinary diaries in that they both record daily trivia.’
    • ‘We demand information, both essential facts and trivia, about whatever we eat and drink.’
    • ‘Chattering about tabloid trivia or television celebrity shows, he can barely conceal his lack of interest.’
    • ‘It was a great concept, a book of trivia to help lift the drab, austere grey days of the mid fifties…’
    • ‘I was dragged up on stage and forced to take part in the trivia quiz!’
    • ‘The incredulity, thinking further back, at all the trivia through the last decade we got ourselves worked up over.’
    • ‘Nigel has provided a site which gives statistical information and many items of trivia about the club.’
    • ‘Newspapers always mix the trivial with the important, for the very good reason that trivia can be entertaining.’
    • ‘I have a disturbing fascination with minutiae, general knowledge, pointless facts and other trivia.’
    • ‘Interesting trivia and movie minutia will grace your screen as you watch the film.’
    • ‘Having heard it repeated a few times, I now find it's one of those pieces of trivia that I simply know.’
    • ‘It's a safe piece of trivia that no one expects but then it's pretty easy to remember.’
    • ‘Off the pitch he is renowned as a sporting trivia expert with a remarkably wide range of knowledge.’
    • ‘One night I happened to be there during the weekly trivia game hosted in the coffee shop.’
    • ‘As a result of talking to no one of any importance, they fell into the trap that so many in the media do of becoming obsessed with spin and trivia.’
    details, petty details, minutiae, niceties, technicalities, trivialities, trifles, irrelevancies, non-essentials
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Early 20th century: from modern Latin, plural of trivium ‘place where three roads meet’, influenced in sense by trivial.