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triumvirate

[trahy-uhm-ver-it, -vuh-reyt] /traɪˈʌm vər ɪt, -vəˌreɪt/
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
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin triumvirātus. See triumvir, -ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for triumvirate

triumvirate

/traɪˈʌmvɪrɪt/
noun
1.
(in ancient Rome)
  1. a board of three officials jointly responsible for some task
  2. the political alliance of Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey, formed in 60 bc (First Triumvirate)
  3. 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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Word Origin and History for triumvirate
n.

1580s, from Latin triumviratus, from triumvir (see triumvir).

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