Definition of triforium in English:

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Pronunciation: /trīˈfôrēəm/

noun (plural triforia /-ˈfôrēə/)

A gallery or arcade above the arches of the nave, choir, and transepts of a church.
Example sentences
  • In ecclesiastical buildings, the triforium, a windowless gallery above the main arcade, was of great importance, largely for structural reasons, in contrast to the enlarged clerestory of Gothic architecture.
  • It's a balustraded eyrie in the triforium, the narrow gallery 60 feet above the ground.
  • The triforium zone of the basilica features a cycle of over thirty frescoes of the life and legend of Peter, executed in about 1300 and credited to Deodato Orlandi.


Early 18th century: from Anglo-Latin, of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: tri·fo·ri·um

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