triumvir

noun

tri·​um·​vir trī-ˈəm-vər How to pronounce triumvir (audio)
plural triumvirs also triumviri trī-ˈəm-və-ˌrī How to pronounce triumvir (audio)
-ˌrē
: one of a commission or ruling body of three

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin, back-formation from triumviri, plural, commission of three men, from trium virum of three men

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of triumvir was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Triumvir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triumvir. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

triumvir

noun

tri·​um·​vir trī-ˈəm-vər How to pronounce triumvir (audio)
: one of a council or ruling body of three especially in ancient Rome
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