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[trahy-klin-ee-uh m] /traɪˈklɪn i əm/
noun, plural triclinia
[trahy-klin-ee-uh] /traɪˈklɪn i ə/ (Show IPA).
Roman History.
a couch extending along three sides of a table, for reclining on at meals.
a dining room, especially one containing such a couch.
Origin of triclinium
1640-50; < Latin trīclīnium < Greek triklī́nion, diminutive of tríklīnos having three couches (adj.), dining room so furnished (noun), equivalent to tri- tri- + klī́n(ē) couch (see clinic) + -ion diminutive suffix Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • Caligula himself led the way to the triclinium and Dea Flavia followed him.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • At the bottom of the peristyle, on the right, is a triclinium.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Here is a triclinium with three beds and other conveniences.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • There was also a cistern at the end of the portico, next the triclinium.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • And then, placing an arm on the shoulders of his nephew, he conducted him to the triclinium.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • And, self-satisfied, he passed to the triclinium, where he sat down to supper with Eunice.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • He looked then for a while on Eunice lying at his feet, and went in silence to the triclinium.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • I found the slaves drunk, and a feast, which they were giving themselves, in my triclinium.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • In many gardens we find about the triclinium the remains of four or six columns.

  • The triclinium or dining-room is recognizable by an inscription.

    Under Csars' Shadow Henry Francis Colby
British Dictionary definitions for triclinium


noun (in ancient Rome) (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
an arrangement of three couches around a table for reclining upon while dining
a dining room, esp one containing such an arrangement of couches
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek triklinion, from tri- + klinē a couch
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