quadrivium

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin quadrivium (the four mathematical studies), from Latin quattuor (four) + via (road).

Noun[edit]

quadrivium (plural quadrivia)

  1. The higher division of the seven liberal arts in the Middle Ages, composed of geometry, astronomy, arithmetic, and music.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From quattuor (four) + via (road).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

quadrivium n (genitive quadriviī); second declension

  1. a crossroads; place where four ways meet.
  2. (Medieval Latin) the quadrivium (the four mathematical liberal arts)

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative quadrivium quadrivia
genitive quadriviī quadriviōrum
dative quadriviō quadriviīs
accusative quadrivium quadrivia
ablative quadriviō quadriviīs
vocative quadrivium quadrivia

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • quadrivium in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879