- a Russian carriage, wagon, or sleigh drawn by a team of three horses abreast.
- a team of three horses driven abreast.
- any group of three persons, nations, etc., acting equally in unison to exert influence, control, or the like.
Origin of troika
Examples from the Web for troika
The CPR was supposed to be the progressive counterweight among the troika of parties that governed Tunisia before Sheratongate.A Woman Blogger’s Scoop Helped Save Tunisia From Islamists
Thomas A. Bass
April 6, 2014
He is already not quite Dole/McCain/Romney, the troika calumniated as sellouts by Cruz at his CPAC speech last week.GOP’s Whack a Mole Addiction
March 10, 2014
Next in line is the body louse—the only dangerous member of the troika.Ding Dong, You Have Lice
October 31, 2013
Dwight Chapin is the least known of this troika, and was the first to be fired.The Nixon Home Movies: Glimpses of Tragedy in ‘Our Nixon’
August 24, 2013
Couric could be a Today co-host, perhaps as part of a troika with Curry, who had already been offered the job.Matt Lauer’s Bruising Year After Ann Curry’s Ouster Devastated the ‘Today’ Show
March 11, 2013
My new driver now appears and calls out "The troika is ready."From Pole to Pole</p>
Sven Anders Hedin
If I wished to follow the course of the troika, the road on the right was the one to choose.Dariel
R. D. Blackmore
She also sprang from the troika, and held Paul by the wrist.The Shadow of the Czar
John R. Carling
We had the first snow here yesterday, and we had troika rides with the lawyers.A Family of Noblemen
But the troika had stopped, and Vassili sprang out upon the snow.Marie Tarnowska</p>
- a Russian vehicle drawn by three horses abreast
- three horses harnessed abreast
- a triumvirate
Word Origin and History for troika
1842, "carriage drawn by three horses abreast," from Russian troika "three-horse team, any group of three," from collective numeral troe "three" + diminutive suffix -ka. Sense of "any group of three administrators, triumvirate" is first recorded 1945.