noun Etymology: quadri- + -umvirate (as in triumvirate) Date: 1752 a group or association of four

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  • quadrumvirate — [kwä drum′və rit, kwä drum′vərāt΄] n. [ QUADR + (TRI)UMVIRATE] 1. government by four persons 2. any group of four persons associated in office or authority …   English World dictionary

  • Quadrumvirate —    The four men who led the March on Rome were designated field marshals of the Fascist revolution: Italo Balbo, Emilio De Bono, Cesare Maria De Vecchi, and Michele Bianchi, secretary general of the Partito Nazionale Fascista/National Fascist… …   Historical Dictionary of modern Italy

  • quadrumvirate — /kwo drum veuhr it, veuh rayt /, n. a governing or managing group, coalition, or the like, of four persons. [1745 55; QUADR + umvirate (as in TRIUMVIRATE)] * * * …   Universalium

  • quadrumvirate — noun A group of four men, especially four men joined in authority …   Wiktionary

  • quadrumvirate — n. governing body composed of four people …   English contemporary dictionary

  • quadrumvirate — qua·drum·vi·rate …   English syllables

  • quadrumvirate — quad•rum•vi•rate [[t]kwɒˈdrʌm vər ɪt, vəˌreɪt[/t]] n. a governing authority made up of four persons • Etymology: 1745–55; quadr + umvirate (as in triumvirate) …   From formal English to slang

  • quadrumvirate —    a unit of quantity equal to 4. The word was coined on the pattern of triumvirate …   Dictionary of units of measurement

  • quadrumvirate — noun a group of four men • Hypernyms: ↑quartet, ↑quartette, ↑foursome …   Useful english dictionary

  • quadrumvir — kwäˈdrəmvə(r) noun ( s) Etymology: back formation from quadrumvirate : a member of a quadrumvirate * * * /kwo drum veuhr/, n. a member of a quadrumvirate. [1780 90; back formation from QUADRUMVIRATE, by analogy with TRIUMVIR] * * * quadrumvir… …   Useful english dictionary

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