Definition of tribune noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tribune

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtrɪbjuːn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪbjuːn//
     
     
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  1. 1an official elected by the people in ancient Rome to defend their rights; a popular leader
  2. 2a raised area that somebody stands on to make a speech in public
  3. Word Origin sense 1 late Middle English: from Latin tribunus, literally ‘head of a tribe’, from tribus ‘tribe’. sense 2 mid 17th cent. (denoting the principal room in an Italian mansion): via French from Italian, from medieval Latin tribuna, alteration of Latin tribunal ‘raised platform provided for magistrate's seats’, from tribunus, literally ‘head of a tribe’, from tribus ‘tribe’.

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