[trahy-klin-ee-uh m]

noun, plural tri·clin·i·a [trahy-klin-ee-uh] /traɪˈklɪn i ə/. Roman History.

a couch extending along three sides of a table, for reclining on at meals.
a dining room, especially one containing such a couch.

Origin of triclinium

1640–50; < Latin trīclīnium < Greek triklī́nion, diminutive of tríklīnos having three couches (adj.), dining room so furnished (noun), equivalent to tri- tri- + klī́n(ē) couch (see clinic) + -ion diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of triclinium

  • Caligula himself led the way to the triclinium and Dea Flavia followed him.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • At the bottom of the peristyle, on the right, is a triclinium.

  • Here is a triclinium with three beds and other conveniences.

  • There was also a cistern at the end of the portico, next the triclinium.

  • And then, placing an arm on the shoulders of his nephew, he conducted him to the triclinium.

    Quo Vadis

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

British Dictionary definitions for triclinium


noun plural -ia (-ɪə) (in ancient Rome)

an arrangement of three couches around a table for reclining upon while dining
a dining room, esp one containing such an arrangement of couches

Word Origin for triclinium

C17: from Latin, from Greek triklinion, from tri- + klinē a couch
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