Definition of quadrumvirate in English:

quadrumvirate

noun

  • A group of four powerful or notable people.

    • ‘The quadrumvirate of men who provide blurbs for Kirby's fifth collection, read like a who's who of the book's poetic influences.’
    • ‘He has two quadrumvirates on which he depends: Robinson, Dickinson, Frost and Millay in poetry, and, less rhythmically, Faulkner, Hemingway, Cather and Lawrence among the prose writers.’
    • ‘He was one of a quadrumvirate of Norwegians who developed much of the basis for modern econometrics.’
    • ‘Although power was divided among members in the quadrumvirate, the sharing was not even.’
    • ‘Cummings even had to ask the identity of the Irish member of the quadrumvirate, assuming at first it was Yeats.’
    quartet, foursome, tetralogy, quadruplets

Origin

Mid 18th century from Latin quadru- ‘four’ + triumvirate.

Pronunciation

quadrumvirate

/kwɒˈdrʌmvɪrət/