triumvirate

noun
tri·​um·​vi·​rate | \ trī-ˈəm-və-rət How to pronounce triumvirate (audio) \

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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And with the Reds in need of attacking backup for their front line triumvirate of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, many had anticipated Wilson would finally get his big break at Anfield in the coming season. SI.com, "Fulham and Huddersfield Town Eye Liverpool Youth Star as He Decides to Leave Anfield," 12 June 2018 Kyle Busch finished third, 20 seconds behind, followed by Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, a triumvirate of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas. John Kekis, Fox News, "Chase Elliott gets first NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Watkins Glen," 6 Aug. 2018 To help her, she’s guided by three supernatural beings named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which—played here by the triumvirate of Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Sci Fi Movies of 2018 That Starred Women," 28 Nov. 2018 Expect to fall in love with this novel's triumvirate of wonder boys: a professor entrapped by his interminable second novel, his randy editor, and a student obsessed with Hollywood self-destruction. Adrienne Westenfeld, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Preppy College Reading List," 3 Oct. 2014 In a world that was looking to reinvent a post-war aesthetic in architecture, furniture, automotive, and fashion design through innovation that focused on practicality, speed and labor-free invention, this triumvirate created a parallel modernism. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Dior and His Decorators: How Two Interior Designers Created a “New Look” for the Home," 21 Sep. 2018 But the Sasse-Corker-Flake triumvirate hasn’t done any of that. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Kavanaugh, the NYT op-ed, and the failure of Trump-skeptical Republicans," 7 Sep. 2018 The food: The restaurant logo boasts a triumvirate of chicken, biscuits and beer, and all are heavily featured. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Chicken, biscuits and beer: Dallas eatery serves tasty trifecta," 12 July 2018 Mario Götze has become the centre of attention for a triumvirate of Premier League clubs, as Arsenal, Everton and West Ham look set to battle for his signature, according to reports. SI.com, "Arsenal, Everton & West Ham All Interested in Borussia Dortmund Midfielder Mario Götze," 14 June 2018

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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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triumvirate

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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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