noun, plural a·tri·a [ey-tree-uh] /ˈeɪ tri ə/, a·tri·ums.
- Also called cavaedium. the main or central room of an ancient Roman house, open to the sky at the center and usually having a pool for the collection of rain water.
- a courtyard, flanked or surrounded by porticoes, in front of an early or medieval Christian church.
- a skylit central court in a contemporary building or house.
Origin of atrium
Related formsa·tri·al, adjectivein·ter·a·tri·al, adjective
Examples from the Web for atrium
He had reassembled the weapon in a bathroom and stepped out onto a fourth-floor walkway overlooking an atrium.
He was wounded as he and a number of comrades exchanged fire with Alexis, by one account across the atrium.
The PBS broadcast will also be screened for free, beginning at 9:00 p.m., at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.The New York Philharmonic and Credit Suisse Kick Off the 2010-11 Season with a Free Dress Rehearsal|Daily Beast Promotions|September 22, 2010|DAILY BEAST
The attractions at the Atrium were set out fully; but the name of Ras Fendihook did not appear.Jaffery|William J. Locke
Go in through the high doorway and down the narrow passage to the atrium.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae|Jennie Hall
The sea first entered the court or atrium and mingled its waters partially with those of the hot spring.Principles of Geology|Charles Lyell
For his interiors, he had partly followed Pompeian models, and there was to be an atrium.Atlantis|Gerhart Hauptmann
Wooden gates furnished a kind of fence between the atrium and what an old Pompeian would have styled the triclinium.New Italian sketches|John Addington Symonds