triforium

[ trahy-fawr-ee-uhm, -fohr- ]
/ traɪˈfɔr i əm, -ˈfoʊr- /

noun, plural tri·fo·ri·a [trahy-fawr-ee-uh, -fohr-]. /traɪˈfɔr i ə, -ˈfoʊr-/. Architecture.

(in a church) the wall at the side of the nave, choir, or transept, corresponding to the space between the vaulting or ceiling and the roof of an aisle, often having a blind arcade or an opening in a gallery.

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Origin of triforium

1695–1705; <Anglo-Latin, special use of Medieval Latin triforium kind of gallery, literally, something with three openings, equivalent to Latin tri-tri- + for(is) opening, door + -ium-ium

OTHER WORDS FROM triforium

tri·fo·ri·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for triforium

triforium
/ (traɪˈfɔːrɪəm) /

noun plural -ria (-rɪə)

an arcade above the arches of the nave, choir, or transept of a church

Derived forms of triforium

triforial, adjective

Word Origin for triforium

C18: from Anglo-Latin, apparently from Latin tri- + foris a doorway; referring to the fact that each bay characteristically had three openings
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