tri·​fo·​ri·​um trī-ˈfȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce triforium (audio)
plural triforia trī-ˈfȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce triforium (audio)
: a gallery forming an upper story to the aisle of a church and typically an arcaded story between the nave arches and clerestory

Examples of triforium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tower allows visitors to access the triforium, which houses the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 25 Apr. 2023 Far above the gardens, in an upper part of the abbey known as the triforium, is another pocket—the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries. Peter Ross, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 The triforium is opening up to the public on June 11 as a new museum called the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 7 June 2018 High above the heads of visitors, in a gallery called the triforium, are 14 larger fan coil units that dump cool air down to sweltering summer visitors. Sharon Otterman, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Medieval Latin

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of triforium was in 1703

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“Triforium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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