noun (1)
tri·​bune | \ ˈtri-ˌbyün How to pronounce tribune (audio) , tri-ˈbyün \

Definition of tribune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a Roman official under the monarchy and the republic with the function of protecting the plebeian citizen from arbitrary action by the patrician magistrates
2 : an unofficial defender of the rights of the individual


noun (2)

Definition of tribune (Entry 2 of 2)

: a dais or platform from which an assembly is addressed

Other Words from tribune

Noun (1)

tribuneship \ ˈtri-​ˌbyün-​ˌship How to pronounce tribune (audio) , tri-​ˈbyün-​ \ noun

First Known Use of tribune

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tribune

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Latin tribunus, from tribus tribe

Noun (2)

French, from Italian tribuna, from Latin tribunal

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“Tribune.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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