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[triv-ee-uh m] /ˈtrɪv i əm/
(during the Middle Ages) the lower division of the seven liberal arts, comprising grammar, rhetoric, and logic.
Compare quadrivium.
Origin of trivium
1795-1805; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin trivium public place, literally, place where three roads meet. See trivial Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
(in medieval learning) the lower division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of grammar, rhetoric, and logic Compare quadrivium
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin, from Latin: crossroads; see trivial
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Word Origin and History for trivium

1804, from Medieval Latin, "grammar, rhetoric, and logic," first three of the seven liberal arts in the Middle Ages, considered less important than arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. From Latin trivium "place where three roads meet" (see trivial).

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