plural noun
matters or things that are very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential; trifles; trivialities.

1900–05; pseudo-Latin trivia (neuter plural), taken as the base of trivial Unabridged


(in Roman religion) Hecate: so called because she was the goddess of the crossroads.

< Latin, feminine of trivius (adj.), derivative of trivium place where three roads meet, equivalent to tri- tri- + -vium, derivative of via way, road Unabridged
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trivia (ˈtrɪvɪə)
(functioning as singular or plural) petty details or considerations; trifles; trivialities
[from New Latin, plural of Latin trivium junction of three roads; for meaning, see trivial]

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"trivialities, things of little consequence," 1902, popularized as title of a book by L.P. Smith, from L. trivia, pl. of trivium "place where three roads meet" (see trivial).
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