tri·​um·​vi·​rate | \trī-ˈəm-və-rət \

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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In a world that was looking to reinvent a post-war aesthetic in architecture, furniture, automotive, and fashion design through innovation that focused on practicality, speed and labor-free invention, this triumvirate created a parallel modernism. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dior and His Decorators: How Two Interior Designers Created a “New Look” for the Home," 21 Sep. 2018 But the Sasse-Corker-Flake triumvirate hasn’t done any of that. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Kavanaugh, the NYT op-ed, and the failure of Trump-skeptical Republicans," 7 Sep. 2018 The food: The restaurant logo boasts a triumvirate of chicken, biscuits and beer, and all are heavily featured. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Chicken, biscuits and beer: Dallas eatery serves tasty trifecta," 12 July 2018 Mario Götze has become the centre of attention for a triumvirate of Premier League clubs, as Arsenal, Everton and West Ham look set to battle for his signature, according to reports., "Arsenal, Everton & West Ham All Interested in Borussia Dortmund Midfielder Mario Götze," 14 June 2018 Behind that great triumvirate, Astros starters lead the majors with a 2.92 ERA. Michael Beller,, "Midseason Report Card: The Astros, Mariners Are the Class of the AL West," 26 June 2018 In the hierarchy of the World Cup's elite, Italy forms a power triumvirate with five-time winner Brazil and four-time winner Germany. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "FIFA World Cup 2018: Notable teams that failed to qualify," 11 June 2018 Their presence undercuts a Thai sense of nationhood that is girded by a triumvirate of institutions: the military, the monarchy and the Buddhist monastery. Hannah Beech, The Seattle Times, "For some Thai soccer-team members, cave ordeal was only their latest test," 10 July 2018 An unofficial fashion triumvirate was formed in Paris over the weekend. Noah Johnson, GQ, "Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Alyx Plot the Future of Menswear," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of triumvirate

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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