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An introductory curriculum at a medieval university involving the study of grammar, rhetoric, and logic.

Compare with quadrivium*‘His initial studies covered the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric.’**‘And yet our curricula still reflect the priorities of the 1893 Committee of Ten, if not the shadows of the medieval trivium and quadrivium.’**‘In medieval terms, the Platonic approach locates music in the quadrivium, as a branch of mathematics, while the Aristotelian locates it with the practical arts of the trivium, grammar, rhetoric, and logic.’**‘After completion of the trivium, medieval pupils graduated to the more challenging ‘quadrivium’ of music, astronomy, geometry, and arithmetic.’**‘The three basic arts - grammar, logic, and rhetoric - were known as the trivium.’*

Early 19th century from Latin, literally ‘place where three roads meet’, from tri- ‘three’ + via ‘road’.

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