atrium

noun
atri·​um | \ ˈā-trē-əm How to pronounce atrium (audio) \
plural atria\ -​trē-​ə How to pronounce atria (audio) \ also atriums

Definition of atrium

1 : the central room of a Roman house

2 plural usually atriums

a : a rectangular open patio around which a house is built
b : a many-storied court in a building (such as a hotel) usually with a skylight
3 [ New Latin, from Latin ] : an anatomical cavity or passage especially : the chamber or either of the chambers of the heart that receives blood from the veins and forces it into the ventricle or ventricles — see heart illustration

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Other Words from atrium

atrial \ -​trē-​əl How to pronounce atrial (audio) \ adjective

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In an ancient Roman house, an atrium was an open central court that contained the impluvium, a basin where rainwater collected. It originally contained the hearth and functioned as the center of family life. The term later came to be used for the open front courtyard of a Christian basilica, where congregants collected before services. The atrium was revived in the 20th century in the form of glass-covered, greenery-filled multistory spaces sometimes found in shopping centers, office buildings, and large hotels.

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Set beneath a huge gabled roof, the building’s awe-inspiring atrium rises seven stories above a massive stone fireplace. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "These historic lodges are the perfect way to see North America’s wild parks," 2 July 2019 The lobby could host intimate performances accompanied by wine and cheese, while the central atrium with stadium seating could hold as many listeners, musicians and instruments as needed — and room to move. Brett Campbell | For The Oregonian/oregon Live, oregonlive.com, "At this classical music festival, you can come and go as you please, amid wine and cheese," 19 June 2019 The school’s former library, where 10 students were killed, was torn down shortly after the shooting and transformed into an atrium, and families of the victims raised money to build the Hope Library in another part of the school. Katie Reilly, Time, "'It’s Not a Museum. It’s Not a Mausoleum.' Columbine High School Could Be Torn Down As Safety Threats Mount," 7 June 2019 Offices faced either into an atrium or out to the outside. John Kelly, Washington Post, "When D.C.’s Intelsat building blasted off, it gained a lot of admirers," 28 Apr. 2018 Starbucks will open next to it and both will include expanded access into the atrium. Staff, cleveland.com, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Monday, Jan. 29, 2018," 29 Jan. 2018 One of the features that fits into this philosophy is the restaurant’s atrium, which is lit by 360 LED lights suspended at different heights. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "At revamped 1920s hotel, Scandi cool meets Japanese craft," 28 Sep. 2018 Among the most popular spots, said Hannigan, is the entryway atrium where game consoles and controllers from several generations of video games are set up to use, from Mario Brothers on up. Spud Hilton, San Francisco Chronicle, "High-tech Vegas: Is your hotel room smarter than you?," 3 May 2018 In the atrium of Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, guests took their seats at tables scented with fresh-cut gardenias and found boxed Godiva truffles awaiting them. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The School of American Ballet Hosts a Dance-Party Gala Dinner," 18 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of atrium

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for atrium

Latin

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atrium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of atrium

: an open area inside a tall building that has windows to let light in from above
technical : one of two sections of the heart that take in blood from the veins

atrium

noun
atri·​um | \ ˈā-trē-əm How to pronounce atrium (audio) \

Kids Definition of atrium

: the part of the heart that receives blood from the veins

atrium

noun
atri·​um | \ ˈā-trē-əm How to pronounce atrium (audio) \
plural atria\ -​trē-​ə How to pronounce atria (audio) \ also atriums

Medical Definition of atrium

: an anatomical cavity or passage especially : a chamber of the heart that receives blood from the veins and forces it into a ventricle or ventricles

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