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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 Its triumvirate of historically Black colleges – Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta – seeds the country with Black intelligentsia. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why even ‘the Atlanta way’ faces a reckoning on policing," 25 June 2020 That could have been the opening for Ohio State to surge into a spot in that triumvirate. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Does Ohio State football need a national championship soon to claim success? Buckeye Talk Text Q&A," 12 May 2020 The top three spots at wide receiver are secure, where Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and rookie CeeDee Lamb make up one of the most talented receiver triumvirates in the NFL. John Owning, Dallas News, "A way-too-early Dallas Cowboys roster projection: Is DT Trysten Hill’s spot already in jeopardy?," 1 May 2020 But truth is always somewhere else, apart from this triumvirate. Jamieson Webster, The New York Review of Books, "End Notes: What Palliative Care Looks Like in a Pandemic," 24 Apr. 2020 As global leaders race to contain the pandemic, a triumvirate of denial has emerged in Latin America, with the leaders of Brazil, Mexico and Nicaragua downplaying the danger of a looming outbreak, Matt Rivers and Natalie Gallón report. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, March 25," 25 Mar. 2020 Alongside junior guards Matt Coleman and Jase Febres, the fiery Missourian was expected to form the triumvirate around which Texas would revolve. Nick Moyle,, "After some ‘soul-searching,’ Longhorns hope lessons finally stick," 14 Jan. 2020 Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs -- both draft bound -- joined DeVonta Smith to form a triumvirate of explosive receiving threats. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Could Alabama’s 2017 signing class be best ever?," 7 Jan. 2020 Circle City is probably the top choice among this triumvirate after finishing second in the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity last year. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Kentucky Derby rankings are here," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of triumvirate

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jul 2020

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“Triumvirate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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