tri·​clin·​i·​um trī-ˈkli-nē-əm How to pronounce triclinium (audio)
plural triclinia trī-ˈkli-nē-ə How to pronounce triclinium (audio)
: a couch extending around three sides of a table used by the ancient Romans for reclining at meals
: a dining room furnished with a triclinium

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Both bodies were found lying on a triclinium eating space in what was likely the home’s dining room. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 May 2022 Judging by its size and complexity, experts posit that the mosaic once decorated the floor of a triclinium, or formal Roman dining room. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Mar. 2022 Onlookers can witness the traditional cutting of the grapes and visit the wine cellar and a triclinium. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of triclinium was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Triclinium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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