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1. Government by triumvirs.
2. The office or term of a triumvir.
3. A body or group of triumvirs.
4. An association or a group of three. Also called troika.
[Latin triumvirātus, from triumvirī, board of three; see triumvir.]
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (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. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) any joint rule by three men
3. any group of three men associated in some way
4. (Historical Terms) the office of a triumvir
tri•um•vi•rate(traɪˈʌm vər ɪt, -vəˌreɪt)
1. the office or magistracy of a triumvir in ancient Rome.
2. a board or government of three officials or magistrates functioning jointly.
3. a coalition of three magistrates or rulers.
4. any association of three in office or authority.
5. any group or set of three.
[1575–85; < Latin triumvirātus]
Triumviratea group, party, or association of three leaders, 1601.
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troika - a modern Russian triumvirate