quadrivium

noun
qua·​driv·​i·​um | \ kwä-ˈdri-vē-əm How to pronounce quadrivium (audio) \

Definition of quadrivium

: a group of studies consisting of arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy and forming the upper division of the seven liberal arts in medieval universities — compare trivium

First Known Use of quadrivium

1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quadrivium

Late Latin, from Latin, crossroads, from quadri- + via way — more at way

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“Quadrivium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadrivium. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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