triclinium[trī klin′ē əm]
- a couch extending around three sides of an ancient Roman dining table, for reclining at meals
- an ancient Roman dining room, esp. one with such a couch
Origin of tricliniumClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek triklinion, diminutive of triklinos ; from tri-, tri- + klinē, a couch ; from klinein: see lean
- A couch facing three sides of a rectangular table, used by the ancient Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans for reclining at meals.
- A room containing such a couch or couches; a dining room.
Origin of tricliniumLatin 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.
(plural tricliniums or triclinia)
- (historical, Roman antiquity) A couch for reclining at mealtimes, extending round three sides of a table, and usually in three parts.
- (historical, Roman antiquity) A dining room furnished with such a triple couch.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Latin triclÄ«nium, from Ancient Greek Ï„ÏÎ¹ÎºÎ»Î¯Î½Î¹Î¿Î½ (triklinion).