Definition of triumvirate in English:


Syllabification: tri·um·vi·rate
Pronunciation: /trīˈəmvərit, -ˌrāt


  • 1(In ancient Rome) a group of three men holding power, in particular ( the First Triumvirate) the unofficial coalition of Julius Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus in 60 bc and ( the Second Triumvirate) a coalition formed by Antony, Lepidus, and Octavian in 43 bc.
  • 1.1A group of three powerful or notable people or things existing in relation to each other: a triumvirate of three former executive vice presidents
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    • Finally, in the last few days, IBM, the father of PC technology, has added its corporate voice to those of this powerful triumvirate.
    • He provided the balance within the ruling triumvirate, holding command over the 45,000-strong army.
    • Under a ruling triumvirate, no one executive has clear control.
  • 2The office of triumvir in ancient Rome.
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    • In 36, Octavian defeated Pompey's son Sextus Pompeius at Naulochus, and also ousted Lepidus from the triumvirate.
    • Mark Antony has been spending his time in Egypt with his mistress, Cleopatra, and neglecting his duties as part of the triumvirate of Rome.
    • In the wake of his death, three men moved forward to form a new triumvirate which would punish Caesar's assassins and then divide up the Roman world.


late 16th century: from Latin triumviratus, from triumvir (see triumvir).

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