trivium

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Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

trivium (plural triviums or trivia)

  1. (historical, in medieval universities) The lower division of the liberal arts; grammar, logic and rhetoric.
  2. (zoology) The three anterior ambulacra of echinoderms, collectively.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From tri- (three) +‎ via (road). Compare trivius (epithet of deities having temples at the intersection of three roads).

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Noun[edit]

trivium n (genitive triviī or trivī); second declension

  1. a crossroads or fork where three roads meet
  2. (Medieval Latin) trivium
  3. accusative singular of trivium
  4. vocative singular of trivium

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative trivium trivia
Genitive triviī
trivī1
triviōrum
Dative triviō triviīs
Accusative trivium trivia
Ablative triviō triviīs
Vocative trivium trivia

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

Descendants[edit]

  • Italian: trebbio
  • English: trivium
  • Italian: trivio

Adjective[edit]

trivium

  1. nominative neuter singular of trivius
  2. accusative masculine singular of trivius
  3. accusative neuter singular of trivius
  4. vocative neuter singular of trivius

References[edit]

  • trivium in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • trivium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • trivium in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • trivium in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • Hercules at the cross-roads, between virtue and vice: Hercules in trivio, in bivio, in compitis
  • trivium in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin trivium

Noun[edit]

trivium n (uncountable)

  1. trivium

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