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Definition of triumvirate

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

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The first triumvirate of the Roman Republic, which consisted of Julius Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus, was simply an alliance or partnership, not a formal institution of the government. The alliance didn't last long, however, and Caesar eventually emerged with total power. This led to his assassination, after which a second triumvirate took over, with Octavian, Mark Antony, and Lepidus dividing the Roman world among themselves. But these triumvirs also soon turned on one another, with Octavian alone taking power; in time he would become Rome's first emperor.

Examples of triumvirate in a Sentence

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

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The inability of young male players to challenge the Federer-Nadal-Djokovic triumvirate has begun to raise questions about what exactly is keeping them from fully capitalizing on their obvious potential. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "What the Men Can Learn From the Women at Wimbledon," 2 July 2019 This version of her namesake cava is made up of 70 percent chardonnay; the rest is the holy cava triumvirate of macabeo, xarel-lo, and parellada grapes. Krystin Arneson, Marie Claire, "The 5 Best Cavas to Sip Instead of Prosecco This Summer," 7 May 2019 For a higher price—and made only in 50 copies—is 1500, a triumvirate book that comprises 865, 465, and the original 635 book. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Willy Vanderperre Makes His Instagram IRL With a New Trio of Books," 3 May 2019 Has the triumvirate of irony/utopia/pornography in your work shifted with technology? Vogue, "Radical Feminist Artist Renate Bertlmann Exhibits Dildos in Dresses at Her First Solo Show Stateside," 1 Apr. 2019 And now, right nearby, is the NMEC, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, second in the triumvirate of Cairo’s new generation of museum wonders. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 And with the Reds in need of attacking backup for their front line triumvirate of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, many had anticipated Wilson would finally get his big break at Anfield in the coming season., "Fulham and Huddersfield Town Eye Liverpool Youth Star as He Decides to Leave Anfield," 12 June 2018 Kyle Busch finished third, 20 seconds behind, followed by Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, a triumvirate of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. John Kekis, Fox News, "Chase Elliott gets first NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Watkins Glen," 6 Aug. 2018 To help her, she’s guided by three supernatural beings named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which—played here by the triumvirate of Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Sci Fi Movies of 2018 That Starred Women," 28 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of triumvirate

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of triumvirate was in 1584

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English Language Learners Definition of triumvirate

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

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