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n. pl. tri·clin·i·a (-ē-ə)
1. A couch facing three sides of a rectangular table, used by the ancient Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans for reclining at meals.
2. A room containing such a couch or couches; a dining room.
[Latin trīclīnium, from Greek triklīnion, diminutive of triklīnos, room with three couches : tri-, three; see trei- in Indo-European roots + klīnē, couch; see klei- in Indo-European roots.]
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(in ancient Rome) n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
1. (Furniture) an arrangement of three couches around a table for reclining upon while dining
2. (Historical Terms) a dining room, esp one containing such an arrangement of couches
[C17: from Latin, from Greek triklinion, from tri- + klinē a couch]
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tri•clin•i•um(traɪˈklɪn i əm)
n., pl. -clin•i•a (-ˈklɪn i ə)
(in ancient Rome)
1. an arrangement of couches around three sides of a table, for reclining on while dining.
2. a dining room, esp. one designed for such an arrangement.
[1640–50; < Latin trīclīnium < Greek triklinion, derivative of tríklīnos having three couches]
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A couch or set of couches surrounding three sides of a table.
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|Noun||1.||triclinium - a dining room (especially a dining room containing a dining table with couches along three sides)|
|2.||triclinium - a dining table with couches along three sides in ancient Rome|
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