tribune

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[ trib-yoon, trih-byoon ]
/ ˈtrɪb yun, trɪˈbyun /
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noun

a person who upholds or defends the rights of the people.
Roman History.
  1. any of various administrative officers, especially one of 10 officers elected to protect the interests and rights of the plebeians from the patricians.
  2. any of the six officers of a legion who rotated in commanding the legion during the year.

Nearby words

  1. tribromoacetaldehyde,
  2. tribromoethanol,
  3. tribulation,
  4. tribunal,
  5. tribunate,
  6. tribune group,
  7. tributary,
  8. tribute,
  9. tribute band,
  10. tricalcium silicate

Origin of tribune

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1325–75; Middle English < Latin tribūnus, derivative of tribus tribe

Related formstrib·une·ship, nountrib·u·ni·tial, trib·u·ni·cial [trib-yuh-nish-uh l] /ˌtrɪb yəˈnɪʃ əl/, adjective

tribune

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[ trib-yoon, trih-byoon ]
/ ˈtrɪb yun, trɪˈbyun /

noun

a raised platform for a speaker; a dais, rostrum, or pulpit.
a raised part, or gallery, with seats, as in a church.
(in a Christian basilica) the bishop's throne, occupying a recess or apse.
the apse itself.

Origin of tribune

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1635–45; < Medieval Latin tribūna; replacing Latin tribūnāle tribunal

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British Dictionary definitions for tribune

tribune

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/ (ˈtrɪbjuːn) /

noun

(in ancient Rome)
  1. an officer elected by the plebs to protect their interests. Originally there were two of these officers but finally there were ten
  2. a senior military officer
a person or institution that upholds public rights; champion
Derived Formstribunary, adjective

Word Origin for tribune

C14: from Latin tribunus, probably from tribus tribe

noun

  1. the apse of a Christian basilica that contains the bishop's throne
  2. the throne itself
a gallery or raised area in a church
rare a raised platform from which a speaker may address an audience; dais

Word Origin for tribune

C17: via French from Italian tribuna, from Medieval Latin tribūna, variant of Latin tribūnal tribunal

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Word Origin and History for tribune

tribune

n.

late 14c., title of an official in ancient Rome, from Latin tribunus "magistrate" (specifically one of the officers appointed to protect the rights and interests of the plebeians from the patricians), originally "head of a tribe," from tribus (see tribe). The meaning "raised platform" is 1762, from Italian, from Latin tribunal "platform for the seats of magistrates in ancient Rome."

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