- Examples of trivia are details of a fight that happened decades ago.
- An example of trivia is a game in which team members race to see who can be the first to answer questions about insiginificant facts of history, popular culture, art and science.
- unimportant matters; trivialities
- little-known, insignificant facts
Origin of triviaModL, back-formation from trivial
plural nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
- Insignificant or inessential matters; trifles.
- Miscellaneous facts, especially when the subject of questions in games and quizzes.
Origin of triviaLatin neuter pl. of trivium crossroads, gutter (influenced by trivial ); see trivium .
- Formerly, as word derived from a Latin plural, trivia required a plural verb, as in the first usage example above. Most modern authorities accept a singular verb, and this may be the preferred usage in the US. The game (2) is always regarded as a singular noun.
From Latin trivia, plural of trivium (“place where three roads meet"). The term came to be used for any public place, and then for anything commonplace. Furthermore, because the beginners course at university was called trivium, the word came to be used only anything basic, simple and "trivial" (quod vide).
- (Roman mythology) The goddess of crossroads. (Compare Hecate.)