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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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(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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.triclinium - a dining room (especially a dining room containing a dining table with couches along three sides)triclinium - a dining room (especially a dining room containing a dining table with couches along three sides)
dining room, dining-room - a room used for dining
2.triclinium - a dining table with couches along three sides in ancient Rometriclinium - a dining table with couches along three sides in ancient Rome
dining table, board - a table at which meals are served; "he helped her clear the dining table"; "a feast was spread upon the board"
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Given a snapshot image of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD, visitors will discover daily Roman life - from the farmed fields to the taverns, the marketplace, the triclinium (dining room), the kitchens and the places of worship.
In an airy room painted with Neapolitan and Pompeian themes by Italian artist Francesco Clemente, an ancient long sculpture hangs from the ceiling, and tables and reclining chairs create an updated triclinium, or dining room.
Em Antioquia, a intersecao entre o oikos e a polis pode ser detectada em muitos dominios, incluindo o arquitetonico, uma vez que o principio basico da construcao habitacional resultava da conjugacao de tres elementos: o triclinium; o portico e o nymphaeum, uma fonte com nichos para estatuas posicionadas de acordo com o angulo dos convivas reclinados.
Asi lo constatamos en las paredes del triclinium de la c/Anon [Caes.
(12.) Dining panels on the north, west, and east walls of the triclinium from House of the Chaste Lovers (IX.
A duo of Roman re-enactors will play host for this house party, preparing a traditional Roman feast for the Saturday evening in the Triclinium (reception room), and regaling their guests with stories of the empire.
Alongside the uncritical acceptance of literary material stand instances of careless presentation: scores of typographical errors and stylistic infelicities, with the same points repeated in close proximity; scholars being cited for views that they do not hold (e.g., on women reclining to dine or hierarchical seating in the triclinium); and inconsistent use of poorly-captioned illustrations.