[ triv-ee-uh m ]
/ ˈtrɪv i əm /


(during the Middle Ages) the lower division of the seven liberal arts, comprising grammar, rhetoric, and logic.
Compare quadrivium.

Origin of trivium

1795–1805; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin trivium public place, literally, place where three roads meet. See trivial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈtrɪvɪəm) /

noun plural -ia (-ɪə)

(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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