- Roman History. the office or magistracy of a triumvir.
- a government of three officers or magistrates functioning jointly.
- a coalition of three magistrates or rulers for joint administration.
- any association of three in office or authority.
- any group or set of three.
Origin of triumvirate
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Examples from the Web for triumvirate
They, with Gallatin, formed the triumvirate which ruled the country for sixteen years.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
To him there was no Triumvirate: the word had never been mentioned to his ears.The Life of Cicero
The Third Triumvirate went down to breakfast with small appetite.The Varmint
The alliance of these three men is called the First Triumvirate.A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines
Meanwhile what were Cæsar's partners in the Triumvirate doing?Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)
- (in ancient Rome)
- a board of three officials jointly responsible for some task
- the political alliance of Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey, formed in 60 bc (First Triumvirate)
- the coalition and joint rule of the Roman Empire by Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian, begun in 43 bc (Second Triumvirate)
- any joint rule by three men
- any group of three men associated in some way
- the office of a triumvir
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Word Origin and History for triumvirate
1580s, from Latin triumviratus, from triumvir (see triumvir).
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