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



BrE BrE//traɪˈʌmvərət//
; NAmE NAmE//traɪˈʌmvərət//
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a group of three powerful people or groups who control something together They appointed a triumvirate of directors. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin triumviratus, from triumvir, originally as triumviri (plural), back-formation from trium virorum ‘of three men’, genitive of tres viri.
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