triv·​i·​um ˈtri-vē-əm How to pronounce trivium (audio)
: a group of studies consisting of grammar, rhetoric, and logic and forming the lower division of the seven liberal arts in medieval universities compare quadrivium

Word History


Medieval Latin, from Latin, meeting of three ways, crossroads

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trivium was in 1647

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“Trivium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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