noun, plural quad·riv·i·a [kwo-driv-ee-uh] /kwɒˈdrɪv i ə/.
Origin of quadrivium
Examples from the Web for quadrivium
Such men as Anselm were educated on the Trivium and Quadrivium.The History of Dartmouth College|Baxter Perry Smith
The four branches of the quadrivium were pursued more casually.
The first figure in the representation of the quadrivium is Music, with Tubal Cain beneath.Old English Libraries|Ernest Savage
Astronomy, the third branch of the Quadrivium, had for its practical object the computation of the Churchs calendar.
In the curriculum of the mediaeval university, astronomy made up with music, arithmetic and geometry the Quadrivium.The Evolution of Modern Medicine|William Osler
noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
Word Origin for quadrivium
"arithmetic, music, geometry, astronomy," 1804 (see liberal arts), from Latin quadrivium, which meant "place where four roads meet, crossroads," from quadri- "four" (see quadri-) + via "way, road, channel, course" (see via). The adjective quadrivial is attested from late 15c. in English with the sense "having four roads."