- a list of three names submitted to the pope as recommended to fill a vacant bishopric or benefice.
Origin of terna
1880–85; short for New Latin terna nōmina three names together, feminine of ternus. See tern2
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Examples from the Web for terna
And now had come a fateful moment in the history of Roma terna.Theodoric the Goth
It seems like an attempt at overruling the "terna fœdera rerum."
Terna, a kind of tax (not to be confounded with the Tertiae or the Trina Illatio), iii.The Letters of Cassiodorus
Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)