Definition of quadrivium in English:

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Pronunciation: /kwɒˈdrɪvɪəm/


A medieval university course involving the ‘mathematical arts’ of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. Compare with trivium.
Example sentences
  • He then progressed to the quadrivium, studying geometry, arithmetic, music and astronomy.
  • And yet our curricula still reflect the priorities of the 1893 Committee of Ten, if not the shadows of the medieval trivium and quadrivium.
  • The trivium and the quadrivium represented the available means of expression.


Latin, literally 'the place where four roads meet' (in late Latin 'the four branches of mathematics'), from quadri- 'four' + via 'road'.

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