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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
Recent Examples on the Web Some insiders were surprised that Licht kept almost all of former CNN president Jeff Zucker’s top deputies, including the triumvirate of Entelis, Michael Bass and Ken Jautz, who led CNN on an interim basis. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Aug. 2022 According to sources, the triumvirate is said to be nervous about looking too eager to get the show back on the air, especially if talent decides to sit out the festivities again. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 27 June 2022 So by the end of the first season, we are introduced to our triumvirate of heroes; Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades and Dracula’s and Lisa’s son, Alucard. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 12 June 2022 Rarity, flawlessness and elegance, then, are his holy triumvirate. Nick Scott, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 Likewise, in addition to their losses to Sycamore, Mason's girls lost to the same triumvirate (Mariemont, New Albany, Upper Arlington). Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 26 May 2022 In the nearly two years that the triumvirate of Becker, Tiriac, and Bosch have collaborated, Becker has reached the ’84 Australian Open quarterfinals and the ’84 Italian Open semifinals. Angela Gaudioso, SPIN, 22 May 2022 Scientists have long known the health of most migratory species rests on a triumvirate of habitat needs: breeding, wintering and migratory, or stopover. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2022 To complete the all-woman triumvirate, one of the republic's first acts was to designate global superstar Rihanna a national hero. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 4 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of triumvirate

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Triumvirate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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