One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of four powerful or notable people.
quartet, foursome, tetralogy, quadrupletsView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘The quadrumvirate of men who provide blurbs for Kirby's fifth collection, read like a who's who of the book's poetic influences.’
- ‘Cummings even had to ask the identity of the Irish member of the quadrumvirate, assuming at first it was Yeats.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin quadru- ‘four’ + triumvirate.
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