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trivium Syllabification: triv·i·um
Pronunciation: /ˈtrivēəm/

Definition of trivium in English:


An introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving the study of grammar, rhetoric, and logic. Compare with quadrivium.
Example sentences
  • His initial studies covered the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
  • And yet our curricula still reflect the priorities of the 1893 Committee of Ten, if not the shadows of the medieval trivium and quadrivium.
  • In medieval terms, the Platonic approach locates music in the quadrivium, as a branch of mathematics, while the Aristotelian locates it with the practical arts of the trivium, grammar, rhetoric, and logic.


Early 19th century: from Latin, literally 'place where three roads meet', from tri- 'three' + via 'road'.

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