duumvir

noun
du·​um·​vir | \ du̇-ˈəm-vər How to pronounce duumvir (audio) also dyu̇- \

Definition of duumvir

1 : one of two Roman officers or magistrates constituting a board or court
2 : one of two people jointly holding power

Other Words from duumvir

duumvirate \ d(y)u̇-​ˈəm-​və-​rət How to pronounce duumvir (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of duumvir

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duumvir

Latin, from duum (genitive of duo two) + vir man

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“Duumvir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duumvir. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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