from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of three men sharing public administration or civil authority in ancient Rome.
- n. One of three people sharing public administration or civil authority.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One member of a triumvirate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of tree men united in public office or authority.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of three men united in office; specifically, in ancient Rome, a member of one of several groups of joint magistrates chosen for various purposes, as for establishing colonies, revising the lists of knights, guarding against fires by night, or to fill various extraordinary commissions on special occasions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of a group of three sharing public administration or civil authority especially in ancient Rome
Middle English, from Latin, back-formation from triumvirī, board of three, from trium virum, of three men : trium, genitive pl. of trēs, three; + virum, archaic genitive pl. of vir, man.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English back-formation from triumvirate. (Wiktionary)