triumvirate

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noun tri·um·vi·rate \trī-ˈəm-və-rət\

Definition of triumvirate

  1. 1 :  a body of triumvirs

  2. 2 :  the office or government of triumvirs

  3. 3 :  a group or association of three

Examples of triumvirate in a sentence

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

Did You Know?

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.

1584

First Known Use of triumvirate

1584


TRIUMVIRATE Defined for English Language Learners

triumvirate

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noun tri·um·vi·rate \trī-ˈəm-və-rət\

Definition of triumvirate for English Language Learners

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



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