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noun tri·clin·i·um \trī-ˈkli-nē-əm\

Definition of triclinium



  1. 1 :  a couch extending around three sides of a table used by the ancient Romans for reclining at meals

  2. 2 :  a dining room furnished with a triclinium

Origin and Etymology of triclinium

Latin, from Greek triklinion, from tri- + klinein to lean, recline — more at lean

First Known Use: 1646

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