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(comparative more trivial, superlative most trivial)

  1. Ignorable; of little significance or value.
  2. Commonplace, ordinary.
  3. Concerned with or involving trivia.
  4. (biology) 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.

(plural trivials)

  1. (obsolete) Any of the three liberal arts forming the trivium.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.


From Latintriviālis (“appropriate to the street-corner, commonplace, vulgar"), from trivium (“place where three roads meet"). Compare trivium, trivia.

This template sorts articles into Category:Articles with trivia sections.

This template should only be substituted if you want it to be automatically dated.


Editors should not use this template to tag sections they consider trivial (i.e., which topically address something the editor does not think should be covered). In accordance with Wikipedia:Trivia sections, this template should only be placed at the top of sections that contain indiscriminate and unselective lists.


To help with the categorization of articles, please use the optional date parameter, e.g. . Articles tagged with this template without the parameter will eventually be given the parameter by a bot.

The simplest way to add this template to an article is to copy and paste

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  •   a.k.a.   Location of page or section to which to suggest moving the relevant material, e.g.: or . If the option is turned on, this information does not display, but may still be useful to editors.
  •   a.k.a.   If given a positive value (, , , ), will change "This article" to "This section". If given some other value, will change it to use that value, e.g. "This table", "This list".
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Closely related templates

General trivia 
  • – Suggests relocation of the relevant details in a trivia section, to another section (or article).
    • – Same as above, but goes at the top of the trivia section, rather than the top of the article.
  • – Suggests removal of trivial details, and optionally also relocation of relevant ones.
Relevance and importance 
  • – For a section that has wandered from the topic of the article
  • – For an article or section containing information whose relevance is disputed.
  • – For a section with information that is simply off-topic for the article, and needs removal or relocation to another article.
  • – For a particular item that is off-topic needs removal or relocation to another article.
  • – For an article or section with poorly cited examples.
  • – For a particular instance of a poorly cited example.
  • – For a particular item that doesn't seem to belong in the context at all.
  • – For a namedropping of someone or something the relevance of which may not be clear to the reader.
Excessive detail 
  • – For excessive focus on minute details not of interest to our general readership.
  • – For sections that are too detailed and need to be summarized.
  • – For excessive use of examples.
  • – For an indiscriminate "See also" section, most of which should be pruned or integrated into the prose.
Topical trivia 
  • – For excessive "popular culture" and "media references" sorts of material.
  • (or ) – For too many trivial fictional references (or too much "in-universe" detail).
  • , – For excessively detailed plot summaries.
  • , – For excessive detail about particular types of works (other than plot and fictional or in-universe issues).
  • – For too much gaming-related trivia.
  • – For an excessive list of an artist, performer, or studio's works.
  • , – For excessive detail about an educational institution.
  • – For an indiscriminate list of "famous" people associated in some way with a topic.
  • – For local-interest trivia that is unverifiable or otherwise unencyclopedic.
List cleanup 
  • – Suggests converting into prose a section that consists of a list.
  • – For indiscriminate lists that need reduction.
  • – For use where a table would be better than a list.

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