Definitions for Tribuneˈtrɪb yun, trɪˈbyun

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tribune(noun)

    (ancient Rome) an official elected by the plebeians to protect their interests

  2. tribune(noun)

    the apse of a Christian church that contains the bishop's throne


  1. tribune(Noun)

    an elected official in ancient Rome

  2. tribune(Noun)

    a protector of the people

  3. tribune(Noun)

    the domed or vaulted apse in a Christian church that houses the bishopu2019s throne

  4. tribune(Noun)

    a place or an opportunity to speak, to express one's opinion, a platform

    this new magazine's goal is to give a tribune to unmarried mothers

  5. Origin: From tribunus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tribune(noun)

    an officer or magistrate chosen by the people, to protect them from the oppression of the patricians, or nobles, and to defend their liberties against any attempts that might be made upon them by the senate and consuls

  2. Tribune(noun)

    anciently, a bench or elevated place, from which speeches were delivered; in France, a kind of pulpit in the hall of the legislative assembly, where a member stands while making an address; any place occupied by a public orator


  1. Tribune

    Tribune was a title shared by elected officials in the Roman Republic. Tribunes had the power to convene the Plebeian Council and to act as its president, which also gave them the right to propose legislation before it. They were sacrosanct, in the sense that any assault on their person was prohibited. They had the power to veto actions taken by magistrates, and specifically to intervene legally on behalf of plebeians. The tribune could also summon the Senate and lay proposals before it. The tribune's power, however, was only in effect while he was within Rome. His ability to veto did not affect regional governors. Because it was legally impossible for a patrician to be a tribune of the plebeians, the first Roman emperor, Augustus, was offered instead all of the powers of the tribunate without actually holding the office. This formed one of the two main constitutional bases of Augustus' authority. It gave him the authority to convene the Senate. Also, he was sacrosanct, had the authority to veto, and could exercise capital punishment in the course of the performance of his duties. Most emperors' reigns were dated by their assumption of tribunicia potestas, though some emperors, such as Tiberius, Titus, Trajan and Marcus Aurelius had already received it during their predecessor's reign. Marcus Agrippa and Drusus II, though never emperors, also received tribunicia potestas.

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  1. tuberin

  2. turbine

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