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trivia

[ triv-ee-uh ]
/ ˈtrɪv i ə /
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plural noun

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

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Trivia
[ triv-ee-uh ]
/ ˈtrɪv i ə /

noun

(in Roman religion) Diana: so called because she was the goddess of three-way crossroads and also because she was regarded as a deity with three personae.

Origin of Trivia

First recorded in 1700–10; fromLatin, 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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British Dictionary definitions for trivia

trivia
/ (ˈtrɪvɪə) /

noun

(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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