[kwo-driv-ee-uh m] /kwɒˈdrɪv i əm/
noun, plural quadrivia
[kwo-driv-ee-uh] /kwɒˈdrɪv i ə/ (Show IPA)
(during the Middle Ages) the more advanced division of the seven liberal arts, comprising arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.
noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
(in medieval learning) the higher division of the seven liberal arts, consisting of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music Compare trivium
“arithmetic, music, geometry, astronomy,” 1804 (see liberal arts), from Latin quadrivium, which meant “place where four roads meet, crossroads,” from quadri- “four” (see quadri-) + via “way, road, channel, course” (see via). The adjective quadrivial is attested from late 15c. in English with the sense “having four roads.”
[kwo-droon] /kwɒˈdrun/ noun, Older Use: Often Offensive. 1. a person having one-fourth black ancestry; the offspring of a mulatto and a white. /kwɒˈdruːn/ noun 1. the offspring of a Mulatto and a White person; a person who is one-quarter Black n. 1707, “offspring of a white and a mulatto,” from Spanish cuarteron (used chiefly of […]
[kwod-ruh-min-ee-uh m] /ˌkwɒd rəˈmɪn i əm/ noun 1. a building consisting of four individually owned apartments or living units.
/ˌkwɒdrəˈfɒnɪks/ noun 1. a variant spelling of quadraphonics
1. variant of . word-forming element meaning “four, having four, consisting of four,” variant of quadri-, especially before -p-, from an older form of the element, which perhaps was influenced later by tri-.