a unit of quantity equal to 3. The name comes from the Latin trium virum, "of three men," and was first used to describe the governing alliance of Julius Caesar with Pompey the Great and Marcus Licinius Crassus in 60 BCE.

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  • Triumvirate — Tri*um vi*rate, n. [L. triumviratus: cf. F. triumvirat.] 1. Government by three in coalition or association; the term of such a government. [1913 Webster] 2. A coalition or association of three in office or authority; especially, the union of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • triumvirate — 1580s, from L. triumviratus, from triumvir (see TRIUMVIR (Cf. triumvir)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • triumvirate — ► NOUN 1) a group of three powerful or notable people or things. 2) (in ancient Rome) a group of three men holding power …   English terms dictionary

  • triumvirate — [trī um′və rit] n. [L triumviratus] 1. the office, functions, or term of a triumvir 2. government by three persons or by a coalition of three parties 3. any association of three in authority 4. any group or set of three …   English World dictionary

  • Triumvirate — The Massacres of the Triumvirate, 1566, by Antoine Caron (Louvre Museum) A triumvirate (from Latin, of three men ) is a political regime dominated by three powerful individuals, each a triumvir (pl. triumviri). The arrangement can be formal or… …   Wikipedia

  • triumvirate — /truy um veuhr it, veuh rayt /, n. 1. Rom. Hist. 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… …   Universalium

  • triumvirate — [[t]traɪʌ̱mvɪrət[/t]] N SING COLL: oft N of n A triumvirate is a group of three people who work together, especially when they are in charge of something. [FORMAL] ...the triumvirate of women who worked together on the TV dramatisation of the… …   English dictionary

  • triumvirate — UK [traɪˈʌmvərət] / US noun [countable] Word forms triumvirate : singular triumvirate plural triumvirates formal a group of three powerful people, especially people in charge of something …   English dictionary

  • triumvirate — noun Date: 1584 1. a body of triumvirs 2. the office or government of triumvirs 3. a group or association of three …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • triumvirate — noun A group or association of three. Syn: troika …   Wiktionary

  • triumvirate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A group of three individuals: three, threesome, triad, trine, trinity, trio, triple, triune, tri unity, troika. See GROUP …   English dictionary for students

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