[triv-ee-uh m]


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

Nearby words

  1. trivial name,
  2. trivialism,
  3. triviality,
  4. trivialize,
  5. trivially,
  6. triweekly,
  7. trixie,
  8. trm,
  9. trna,
  10. tro

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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British Dictionary definitions for trivium


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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Word Origin and History for trivium



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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