- any of various administrative officers, especially one of 10 officers elected to protect the interests and rights of the plebeians from the patricians.
- any of the six officers of a legion who rotated in commanding the legion during the year.
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Origin of tribune1
OTHER WORDS FROM tribunetrib·une·ship, nountrib·u·ni·tial, trib·u·ni·cial [trib-yuh-nish-uhl], /ˌtrɪb yəˈnɪʃ əl/, adjective
Words nearby tribune
Definition for tribune (2 of 2)
Origin of tribune2
Example sentences from the Web for tribune
In 2006, he left LA with a flourish when the Tribune Co. demanded severe cuts in the newsroom and Baquet refused to make them.Jill Abramson Fired from the Times: Was It About Money and Sexism—Or Management Style?|Lloyd Grove|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tribune was surrounded by a squadron of hussars of the National Guard.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His move to the Tribune would be followed by a move to a suburban manse—“Heresy!”
Never mind that the Tribune props him up like a Ming vase now.
The tribune of adolescent sensitivity and longing has suddenly transformed into a macho bully.
Ascend the tribune; tell the departments the truth, which the enemies of the Commune conceal from them.History of the Commune of 1871|P. Lissagary
He sent the tribune Nicanor, who had been his friend, to the Jewish leader to induce him with fair promises to surrender.
The tribune after his excess of confidence himself felt sad.The Death of the Gods|Dmitri Mrejkowski
He now returned to the tribune of the Palais Bourbon, on which he had been a most formidable orator.
It seemed to the tribune that uncertainty would kill him before he should see the spectacle.Quo Vadis|Henryk Sienkiewicz
British Dictionary definitions for tribune (1 of 2)
- an officer elected by the plebs to protect their interests. Originally there were two of these officers but finally there were ten
- a senior military officer
Derived forms of tribunetribunary, adjective
Word Origin for tribune
British Dictionary definitions for tribune (2 of 2)
- the apse of a Christian basilica that contains the bishop's throne
- the throne itself