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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


(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]


 a group, party, or association of three leaders, 1601.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.triumvirate - a group of three men responsible for public administration or civil authoritytriumvirate - a group of three men responsible for public administration or civil authority
threesome, triad, trinity, trio - three people considered as a unit
troika - a modern Russian triumvirate


A group of three individuals:


[traɪˈʌmvɪrɪt] Ntriunvirato m


n (Hist) → Triumvirat nt


[traɪˈʌmvɪrɪt] nsg or pl (frm) → triunvirato
References in classic literature ?
During that triumvirate of kings, King Henry the Eighth of England, Francis the First King of France, and Charles the Fifth Emperor, there was such a watch kept, that none of the three could win a palm of ground, but the other two would straightways balance it, either by confederation, or, if need were, by a war; and would not in any wise take up peace at interest.
Most of the American genealogists commence their traditions like the stories for children, with three brothers, taking especial care that one of the triumvirate shall be the pro genitor of any of the same name who may happen to be better furnished with worldly gear than themselves.
Knowing from experience what these requests portended, the triumvirate broke up; Dolly, to see the orders executed with all despatch; Gabriel, to some out-of-door work in his little chaise; and Sim, to his daily duty in the workshop, to which retreat he carried the big look, although the loaf remained behind.