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[trahy-uhm-ver-it, -vuh-reyt] /traɪˈʌm vər ɪt, -vəˌreɪt/
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
From the Latin word triumvirātus, dating back to 1575-85. See triumvir, -ate3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of the triumvirate of our early literature was gone, and two remained to foresee their own future in the honors paid to him.

    Literary and Social Essays George William Curtis
  • They, with Gallatin, formed the triumvirate which ruled the country for sixteen years.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • Hence her urgings, which made a triumvirate out of the council of two, with Brookes Ormsby as the third member.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • To him there was no triumvirate: the word had never been mentioned to his ears.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • The alliance of these three men is called the First triumvirate.

  • Meanwhile what were Cæsar's partners in the triumvirate doing?

  • Then came three thuds on the floor by the window-seat, and the triumvirate stood facing him in varying stages of confusion.

  • When the triumvirate went down, their ways at first lay separate.

    Rowlandson's Oxford A. Hamilton Gibbs
British Dictionary definitions for triumvirate


(in ancient Rome)
  1. a board of three officials jointly responsible for some task
  2. the political alliance of Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey, formed in 60 bc (First Triumvirate)
  3. 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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