Definition of triumvirate
1 : a body of triumvirs
2 : the office or government of triumvirs
3 : a group or association of three
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 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.
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TRIUMVIRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of triumvirate for English Language Learners
: a group of three people who share a position of authority or power
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