triclinium

noun
tri·​clin·​i·​um | \ trī-ˈkli-nē-əm How to pronounce triclinium (audio) \
plural triclinia\ trī-​ˈkli-​nē-​ə How to pronounce triclinia (audio) \

Definition of triclinium

1 : a couch extending around three sides of a table used by the ancient Romans for reclining at meals
2 : a dining room furnished with a triclinium

First Known Use of triclinium

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for triclinium

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

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“Triclinium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triclinium. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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