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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 Tulsa: Clearly the little brother of the state of Oklahoma’s FBS triumvirate, the Golden Hurricane simply doesn’t get many chances to knock off either Oklahoma or Oklahoma State. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Tulane's loss to Navy could sting for a long time, putting it atop Misery Index," 21 Sep. 2020 Sheldon Richardson, the third Pro Bowler in the triumvirate. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Joe Thomas on Browns LT Jedrick Wills Jr.: ‘My expectations are still super high; let’s be patient’," 3 Sep. 2020 As the program’s all-time leading rusher, Brown now leads a triumvirate of running backs as the Blazers open the season, Thursday, Sept. 3, against Central Arkansas at Legion Field in Birmingham. Evan Dudley, al, "Spencer Brown ready to finish legendary career at UAB," 31 Aug. 2020 It’s one of the triumvirate of modernisms that was born from a generation of noncombatants, of 4-Fs. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "How Charlie Parker Defined the Sound and Substance of Bebop Jazz," 29 Aug. 2020 Perhaps Epic doesn't want to be the only company taking on the console triumvirate in the same way. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Epic’s battle for “open platforms” ignores consoles’ massive closed market," 14 Aug. 2020 To be fair, the powder keg triumvirate of Kramer, Bangs and Marsh alone was a filmmaker’s dream. John Benson, cleveland, "Creem Magazine’s legacy celebrated in wild rock ’n’ roll documentary," 5 Aug. 2020 Before the game, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if the Murray-White-Walker triumvirate gave the team more flexibility in terms of who triggers the offense. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs beat Grizzlies, hold playoff destiny," 2 Aug. 2020 But now the Patriots have the triumvirate of coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Caserio in place. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "NFL Journal: A month from league year, teams forming two plans — existing CBA/same CBA," 14 Feb. 2020

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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 19 Oct. 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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