American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The lower division of the seven liberal arts in medieval schools, consisting of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the schools of the middle ages, the first three liberal arts (grammar, rhetoric, and logic)—the other four (namely, arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy) being termed quadrivium.
- n. In echinoderms, as any sea-urchin, the three anterior ambulaera, taken collectively and distinguished from the two posterior ones taken together. See bivium, and cut under Spatangoida.
- n. The lower division of the liberal arts; grammar, logic and rhetoric.
- n. zoology The three anterior ambulacra of echinoderms, collectively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The three “ liberal” arts, grammar, logic, and rhetoric; -- being a triple way, as it were, to eloquence.
- n. (Zoöl.) The three anterior ambulacra of echinoderms, collectively.
- n. (Middle Ages) an introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving grammar and logic and rhetoric; considered to be a triple way to eloquence
- From Latin (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin, from Latin, crossroads : tri-, tri- + via, road; see wegh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Most important are those places located in the realm of the so-called trivium (i.e., grammar, rhetoric and logic), especially in logic where already the determination of its primary subject as well as the discussion of the basic logical notions”
“Not only do his powers as they have been historically manifested form the subject of Renaissance thought, but there is much more persistent concern with the issues and limits of the new sciences and “arts” other than those previously known as the trivium and quadrivium.”
“Classical education uses a teaching method called the trivium, a three-part process of grammar, logic and rhetoric stages.”
“There Alcuin taught the seven sciences of the "trivium" and "quadrivium", i.e. grammar, rhetoric, and logic, arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy.”
“Note 2: The seven liberal arts consisted of the mathematical arts (the quadrivium: arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music) and the verbal arts (the trivium: grammar, dialectics, and rhetoric). back”
“The trivium these days is creativity, multiculturalism, and self-respect.”
“I've read "Well-Trained Mind," which is about home-schooling kids in the trivium.”
“On this conception, the study of literature belonged to the trivium.”
“In the medieval trivium, however, grammar did not include the study of morphology and syntax; it was what would now be called prescriptive grammar.”
“The trivium usedta be teh three main branches of basic lurning: grammur, dialectic, and retoric.”
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