1 [trib-yoon, trih-byoon]
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.

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

tribuneship, noun
tribunitial, tribunicial [trib-yuh-nish-uhl] , adjective Unabridged
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tribune1 (ˈtrɪbjuːn)
1.  in ancient Rome
 a.  an officer elected by the plebs to protect their interests. Originally there were two of these officers but finally there were ten
 b.  a senior military officer
2.  a person or institution that upholds public rights; champion
[C14: from Latin tribunus, probably from tribustribe]

tribune2 (ˈtrɪbjuːn)
1.  a.  the apse of a Christian basilica that contains the bishop's throne
 b.  the throne itself
2.  a gallery or raised area in a church
3.  rare a raised platform from which a speaker may address an audience; dais
[C17: via French from Italian tribuna, from Medieval Latin tribūna, variant of Latin tribūnaltribunal]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "official in ancient Rome," from L. 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 It., from L. tribunal "platform for the seats of magistrates in ancient Rome."
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