triforium

[ trahy-fawr-ee-uh m, -fohr- ]
/ traɪˈfɔr i əm, -ˈfoʊr- /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. trifold,
  2. trifoliate,
  3. trifoliate orange,
  4. trifoliolate,
  5. trifolium,
  6. triform,
  7. trifunctional,
  8. trifurcate,
  9. trifurcation,
  10. trig

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

Related formstri·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 Formstriforial, 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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