Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Government by triumvirs.
  • n. The office or term of a triumvir.
  • n. A body or group of triumvirs.
  • n. An association or a group of three. Also called troika.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A group or association of three, especially three statesmen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Government by three in coalition or association; the term of such a government.
  • n. A coalition or association of three in office or authority; especially, the union of three men who obtained the government of the Roman empire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office or magistracy of a triumvir, specifically of one of the ancient Roman groups of triumviri.
  • n. Government by three men in coalition.
  • n. A group of three men in office or authority; specifically, in Roman history, either the coalition (First Triumvirate) between Pompey, Julius Cæsar, and Crassus, 60 b. c., which controlled the Roman world for several years, or that (Second Triumvirate) between Mark Antony, Octavian (Augustus), and Lepidus, 43 b. c., which overthrew the republican party and ordered the second proscription.
  • n. A party of three men; three men or three personifications in company or forming one group; also, a trio or triad of any kind.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a group of three men responsible for public administration or civil authority

Etymologies

Latin triumvirātus, from triumvirī, board of three; see triumvir.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin triumvīrātus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • But it was the major label triumvirate of 1991's "Girlfriend," 1993's "Altered Beast," and 1995's "100% Fun" that Mr. Sweet became one of the landmark alternative acts of the era.

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  • But letting more men be consul removes the glare from a long-term triumvirate.

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  • 'You will not, perhaps, suspect, Lady Isabella,' said Lord O'Lerney, smiling, 'that one of that triumvirate is by no means deficient in parts, and can even, when he desires it, be extremely pleasing?'

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  • In every synagogue there was a civil triumvirate, that is, three magistrates, who judged of matters in contest arising within that synagogue; which we have noted before.

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  • As defined by Homer Simpson: Three guys giving orders.

    November 6, 2008