trivium

[triv-ee-uh m]
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Origin of trivium

1795–1805; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin trivium public place, literally, place where three roads meet. See trivial
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trivium

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
  1. (in medieval learning) the lower division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of grammar, rhetoric, and logicCompare quadrivium

Word Origin for trivium

C19: from Medieval Latin, from Latin: crossroads; see trivial
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Word Origin and History for trivium
n.

1804, from Medieval Latin, "grammar, rhetoric, and logic," first three of the seven liberal arts in the Middle Ages, considered less important than arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. From Latin trivium "place where three roads meet" (see trivial).

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