Definition of quattuorvirate in English:

quattuorvirate

noun

(also quatuorvirate)
  • A group or body of four men; especially a powerful or ruling group.

Pronunciation

quattuorvirate

/ˌkwatjuːˈɔːvɪrət/ /ˌkwɒtjuːˈɔːvɪrət/

Origin

Mid 19th century. From classical Latin quattuorvirātus office of a member of a council of four from classical Latin quattuorvir (in post-classical Latin also quatuorvir) member of a council of four (from quattuor four + vir man, originally in plural, after the phrase quattuor virī, literally ‘four men’) + -ātus. Compare French quatuorvirat.