Triumvirate Tri*um"vi*rate, n. [L. triumviratus: cf. F. triumvirat.] 1. Government by three in coalition or association; the term of such a government. [1913 Webster]

2. A coalition or association of three in office or authority; especially, the union of three men who obtained the government of the Roman empire. [1913 Webster]

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