- 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
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Examples from the Web for triclinium
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.
Here is a triclinium with three beds and other conveniences.
There was also a cistern at the end of the portico, next the triclinium.
And then, placing an arm on the shoulders of his nephew, he conducted him to the triclinium.Quo Vadis
- an arrangement of three couches around a table for reclining upon while dining
- a dining room, esp one containing such an arrangement of couches
C17: from Latin, from Greek triklinion, from tri- + klinē a couch
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