triforium [trahy-fawr-ee-uh m, -fohr-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun, plural tri·fo·ri·a [trahy-fawr-ee-uh, -fohr-] /traɪˈfɔr i ə, -ˈfoʊr-/. Architecture. (in a church) the wall at the side of the nave, choir, or transept, corresponding to the space between the vaulting or ceiling and the roof of an aisle, often having a blind arcade or an opening in a gallery.

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  • Origin of triforium 1695–1705; Anglo-Latin, special use of Medieval Latin triforium kind of gallery, literally, something with three openings, equivalent to Latin tri- tri- + for(is) opening, door + -ium -ium Related formstri·fo·ri·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for triforium Historical Examples of triforium

  • It had no triforium, and the clerestory windows are rather large.

    England, Picturesque and Descriptive

    Joel Cook

  • The windows of the triforium are large and divided into four compartments.

    The Cathedrals of Northern France

    Francis Miltoun

  • “I’d get up on to that passage and fix it,” nodding to the triforium.

    A harum-scarum schoolgirl

    Angela Brazil

  • There is no triforium, its place being occupied with panelling.

    Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch

    Sidney Heath

  • There are also some in the south-east chapel of the triforium of the choir.

    Bell’s Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]

    H. J. L. J. Mass

  • British Dictionary definitions for triforium triforium noun plural -ria (-rɪə) an arcade above the arches of the nave, choir, or transept of a church Derived Formstriforial, adjectiveWord Origin for triforium C18: from Anglo-Latin, apparently from Latin tri- + foris a doorway; referring to the fact that each bay characteristically had three openings Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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