triumvirate


tri·um·vi·rate

noun \trī-ˈəm-və-rət\

: a group of three people who share a position of authority or power

Full Definition of TRIUMVIRATE

1
:  a body of triumvirs
2
:  the office or government of triumvirs
3
:  a group or association of three

Examples of TRIUMVIRATE

  1. <among the city's cultural institutions, the art museum, the symphony orchestra, and the opera company reign as the supreme triumvirate>

First Known Use of TRIUMVIRATE

1584

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triumvirate

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In ancient Rome, usually a board of three officials who assisted higher magistrates in judicial functions, oversaw festival banquets, or ran the mint. The First Triumvirate (60 BC) of Pompey, Julius Caesar, and Crassus was an informal group of three strong leaders with no sanctioned powers. The Second Triumvirate (43 BC), consisting of Mark Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian (later Augustus)—formally tresviri rei publicae constituendae (“triumvirate for organizing the state”)—held absolute dictatorial power.

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