triumvirate

[trahy-uhm-ver-it, -vuh-reyt]
noun
1.
Roman History. the office or magistracy of a triumvir.
2.
a government of three officers or magistrates functioning jointly.
3.
a coalition of three magistrates or rulers for joint administration.
4.
any association of three in office or authority.
5.
any group or set of three.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin triumvirātus. See triumvir, -ate3

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triumvirate (traɪˈʌmvɪrɪt)
 
n
1.  in ancient Rome
 a.  a board of three officials jointly responsible for some task
 b.  the political alliance of Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey, formed in 60 bc (First Triumvirate)
 c.  the coalition and joint rule of the Roman Empire by Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian, begun in 43 bc (Second Triumvirate)
2.  any joint rule by three men
3.  any group of three men associated in some way
4.  the office of a triumvir

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Example sentences
The success of this triumvirate is greeted in some quarters by indifference, even scorn.
Instead of a single figure, it is reported to have agreed on a triumvirate.
Some officials already talk about the seeds of a new triumvirate.
And so the sacred triumvirate that many advocates hold as gospel was born.
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