[ trahy-uhm-ver ]
/ traɪˈʌm vər /

noun, plural tri·um·virs, tri·um·vi·ri [trahy-uhm-vuh-rahy] /traɪˈʌm vəˌraɪ/.

Roman History. one of three officers or magistrates mutually exercising the same public function.
one of three persons associated in any office or position of authority.

Nearby words

  1. triumphal,
  2. triumphal arch,
  3. triumphalism,
  4. triumphant,
  5. triumphantly,
  6. triumvirate,
  7. triune,
  8. triunitarian,
  9. triunity,
  10. trivalent

Origin of triumvir

1570–80; < Latin: literally, one man of three, back formation from trium virōrum of three men

Related formstri·um·vi·ral, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for triumvir


/ (traɪˈʌmvə) /

noun plural -virs or -viri (-vɪˌriː)

(esp in ancient Rome) a member of a triumvirate
Derived Formstriumviral, adjective

Word Origin for triumvir

C16: from Latin: one of three administrators, from triumvirōrum of three men, from trēs three + vir man

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Word Origin and History for triumvir



"one of three men in the same office or of the same authority," 1570s, from Latin triumvir, from Old Latin phrase trium virum, genitive plural of tres viri "three men," from tres "three" (see three) + viri, plural of vir "man" (see virile).

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