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trivia

[triv-ee-uh]
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plural noun
  1. matters or things that are very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential; trifles; trivialities.
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Origin of trivia

1900–05; pseudo-Latin trivia (neuter plural), taken as the base of trivial

Trivia

[triv-ee-uh]
noun
  1. (in Roman religion) Hecate: so called because she was the goddess of the crossroads.
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Origin of Trivia

< Latin, feminine of trivius (adj.), derivative of trivium place where three roads meet, equivalent to tri- tri- + -vium, derivative of via way, road
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  • Now they draw nigh the groves of Trivia and the roof of gold.

  • A library of trivia, museum of curiosa, sideshow of freaks, and shrine of greatness.

    The Short Life

    Francis Donovan

  • The best description of London about this time is certainly Gay's "Trivia."

    London

    Walter Besant

  • Graphic pictures of the manners of coachmen may be found in Gay's Trivia, ii.

  • We have so much capacity that the trivia expands to fill it.

    Makers

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for trivia

trivia

noun
  1. (functioning as singular or plural) petty details or considerations; trifles; trivialities
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Word Origin

from New Latin, plural of Latin trivium junction of three roads; for meaning, see trivial
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Word Origin and History for trivia

n.

"trivialities, things of little consequence," 1902, popularized as title of a book by L.P. Smith, from Latin trivia, plural of trivium "place where three roads meet," in transferred use, "an open place, a public place" (see trivial). The sense connection is "public," hence "common, commonplace."

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