- (during the Middle Ages) the more advanced division of the seven liberal arts, comprising arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.
Origin of quadrivium
Related Words for quadriviumtetralogy, tetrad, quaternity, quadrivium, quadruplet, quadruple, quaternion, quaternary, quadrumvirate, quartet, quadrigeminal
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Historical Examples of quadrivium
Such men as Anselm were educated on the Trivium and Quadrivium.The History of Dartmouth College
Baxter Perry Smith
The Trivium was sometimes designated as logic and the Quadrivium as physic.Woman under Monasticism
The four branches of the quadrivium were pursued more casually.
Music, the fourth branch of the Quadrivium, was zealously cultivated.
Thus the first three books contain the Trivium and Quadrivium.
- (in medieval learning) the higher division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and musicCompare trivium
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."