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
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Contemporary Examples of 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.
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Historical Examples of atrium
In the house of Vettius the two money chests were found in the atrium.
This basin was in the center of the atrium, the most important room in the house.
Tablinum, in a Roman house, the room between the atrium and the peristyle.
Fauces, the passage from the atrium to the peristyle in a Roman house.
A man in evening dress came out into the atrium, lighting a cigarette.The Lure of the Mask
noun plural atria (ˈeɪtrɪə, ˈɑː-)
Word Origin for atrium
1570s, from Latin atrium "central court or main room of an ancient Roman house, room which contains the hearth," sometimes said (on authority of Varro, "De Lingua Latina") to be an Etruscan word, but perhaps from PIE *ater- "fire," on notion of "place where smoke from the hearth escapes" (through a hole in the roof). Anatomical sense of "either of the upper cavities of the heart" first recorded 1870. Meaning "skylit central court in a public building" first attested 1967.