from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An officer of ancient Rome elected by the plebeians to protect their rights from arbitrary acts of the patrician magistrates.
- n. A protector or champion of the people.
- n. A raised platform or dais from which a speaker addresses an assembly.
- n. The usually domed or vaulted apse of a basilica.
- n. See gallery.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an elected official in ancient Rome
- n. a protector of the people
- n. the domed or vaulted apse in a Christian church that houses the bishop’s throne
- n. a place or an opportunity to speak, to express one's opinion, a platform
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An officer or magistrate chosen by the people, to protect them from the oppression of the patricians, or nobles, and to defend their liberties against any attempts that might be made upon them by the senate and consuls.
- n. Anciently, a bench or elevated place, from which speeches were delivered; in France, a kind of pulpit in the hall of the legislative assembly, where a member stands while making an address; any place occupied by a public orator.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman history, originally, a magistrate presiding over a tribe, or representing a tribe for certain purposes; specifically, a tribune of the people (tribunus plebis), an officer or magistrate chosen by the people, from the time of the secession (probably in 494 b. c.), to protect them from the oppression of the patricians or nobles, and to defend their liberties against any attempts upon them by the senate and consuls.
- n. Hence, one who upholds or defends popular rights; a champion of the people. In this sense the word is used as the name of various newspapers.
- To regulate or manage by the authority of a tribune.
- n. In a Roman basilica, the raised platform at one end of the auditorium, frequently in a small addition of semicircular plan to the main structure, which formed the official station of the pretor; the tribunal; hence, in Christian churches of basilican plan, the throne of the bishop (which originally occupied the place of the pretor's seat), and the part of the church containing it; hence, again, in Italian churches generally, any apse or structure of apsidal form. See cut under basilica.
- n. A raised seat or stand; a platform; a dais.
- n. Specifically— The throne of a bishop. See def 1.
- n. A sort of pulpit or rostrum where a speaker stands to address an assembly, as in the French chamber of deputies.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (ancient Rome) an official elected by the plebeians to protect their interests
- n. the apse of a Christian church that contains the bishop's throne
Middle English, from Old French tribun, from Latin tribūnus, from tribus, tribe; see tribe.
French, from Old French, part of a church, speaking platform, from Old Italian tribuna, from Medieval Latin tribūna, alteration of Latin tribūnal; see tribunal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tribunus. (Wiktionary)