- a person who upholds or defends the rights of the people.
- Roman History.
- 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.
Origin of tribune1
- 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.
- tribunal(def 3).
Origin of tribune2
Examples from the Web for tribune
Contemporary Examples of 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?
May 15, 2014
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
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.Viva Hate: Inside the World of Morrissey
December 23, 2013
Historical Examples of tribune
Since 1830 the widow again supplicated the Tribune des Chambres.
Free again, she reclines on her couch, and is reading the Tribune.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
The very atmosphere of the Chamber seemed to change with Vignon in the tribune.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
A correspondent of the Tribune at once sent him word that this was a mistake.
Her address is printed in full in the Woman's Tribune of April 28, 1888.
- (in ancient Rome)
- 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
- a person or institution that upholds public rights; champion
Word Origin for tribune
- the apse of a Christian basilica that contains the bishop's throne
- 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
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."