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n. pl. triv·i·a (-ē-ə)
The lower division of the seven liberal arts in medieval schools, consisting of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
(Historical Terms) (in medieval learning) the lower division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of grammar, rhetoric, and logic. Compare quadrivium
[C19: from Medieval Latin, from Latin: crossroads; see trivial]
triv•i•um(ˈtrɪv i əm)
(during the Middle Ages) the lower division of the seven liberal arts, comprising grammar, rhetoric, and logic. Compare quadrivium.
[1795–1805; < Medieval Latin; Latin: place where three roads meet]
in the Middle Ages, one of the two divisions of the seven liberal arts, comprising logic, grammar, and rhetoric. See also quadrivium.See also: Knowledge, Learning
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|Noun||1.||trivium - (Middle Ages) an introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving grammar and logic and rhetoric; considered to be a triple way to eloquence|
arts, humanistic discipline, humanities, liberal arts - studies intended to provide general knowledge and intellectual skills (rather than occupational or professional skills); "the college of arts and sciences"