noun, plural oc·tar·chies.

a government by eight persons.
a group of eight states or kingdoms.

Origin of octarchy

First recorded in 1795–1805; oct- + -archy
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Historical Examples of octarchy

  • Thus an octarchy was established, formed of the following eight distinct states.

  • Finally, to use the quaint phrase of the Chancellor Whitelock, “the Octarchy was brought into one.”

British Dictionary definitions for octarchy


noun plural -chies

government by eight rulers
a confederacy of eight kingdoms, tribes, etc
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