plural noun

matters or things that are very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential; trifles; trivialities.

Origin of trivia

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




(in Roman religion) Hecate: so called because she was the goddess of the crossroads.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for trivia

minutiae, memorabilia

Examples from the Web for trivia

Contemporary Examples of trivia

Historical Examples of trivia

  • 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."


    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.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for trivia



(functioning as singular or plural) petty details or considerations; trifles; trivialities

Word Origin for trivia

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

"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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