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[triv-ee-uh] /ˈtrɪv i ə/
plural noun
matters or things that are very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential; trifles; trivialities.
Origin of trivia
1900-05; pseudo-Latin trivia (neuter plural), taken as the base of trivial


[triv-ee-uh] /ˈtrɪv i ə/
(in Roman religion) Hecate: so called because she was the goddess of the crossroads.
< Latin, feminine of trivius (adj.), derivative of trivium place where three roads meet, equivalent to tri- tri- + -vium, derivative of via way, road Unabridged
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  • "trivia" was published on January 26th, 1716, and was the one outstanding feature in the year in the biography of Gay.

  • A library of trivia, museum of curiosa, sideshow of freaks, and shrine of greatness.

    The Short Life Francis Donovan
  • To trivia may be allowed all that it claims; it is sprightly, various, and pleasant.

  • The best description of London about this time is certainly Gay's "trivia."

    London Walter Besant
  • He will go on calling an elevator a lift, and he will never write an American "trivia."

    Shandygaff Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for trivia


(functioning as singular or pl) petty details or considerations; trifles; trivialities
Word Origin
from New Latin, plural of Latin trivium junction of three roads; for meaning, see trivial
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for trivia

"trivialities, things of little consequence," 1902, popularized as title of a book by L.P. Smith, from Latin trivia, plural of trivium "place where three roads meet," in transferred use, "an open place, a public place" (see trivial). The sense connection is "public," hence "common, commonplace."

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