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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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Perhaps more important, Kupp restored the next-level confidence and synchronicity Goff has with the Kupp-Robert Woods-Brandin Cooks receiving triumvirate. Los Angeles Times, "What we learned from the Rams’ 30-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers," 9 Sep. 2019 Fowles anchored a defense that limited the Las Vegas triumvirate of Liz Cambage, A’ja Wilson and Kayla McBride to 27 points on 11-for-28 shooting. Mike Cook, Twin Cities, "Danielle Robinson leads Lynx past first-place Las Vegas," 25 Aug. 2019 Patrick O’Connor, who are the committeemen for the 50th and 49th wards respectively, formed the triumvirate that chose Kalish. Steve Sadin,, "After abortion vote, Democratic candidates line up for state House seat in 16th District," 20 Aug. 2019 An artist in residence on the Hanover, N.H., campus, Orozco was one of the triumvirate of Mexican master muralists, which included Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros. Steve Burkholder,, "Two fine arts sites beckon in New Hampshire," 25 July 2019 And that triumvirate still has a few more deep runs left. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Kurtenbach: Draymond Green valued winning, legacy above cash in his new contract," 3 Aug. 2019 Also, the triumvirate of Huntington, Kissinger, and Brzezinski. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Trust the process, &c.," 29 July 2019 Croatia and Russia have played none, yet the triumvirate of England, Sweden and Croatia did thrive in a 1990s corridor. Chuck Culpepper,, "World Cup final will include one of these teams: England, Croatia, Sweden, Russia. Really.," 4 July 2018 The problems with the touchscreens seem to result from a deadly triumvirate: bad design, bad testing, and bad training. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "No More Screen Time! The Navy Reverts to Physical Throttles," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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