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noun, plural oc·tar·chies.
  1. a government by eight persons.
  2. a group of eight states or kingdoms.
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Origin of octarchy

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

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

    History of the Anglo-Saxons

    Thomas Miller

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

British Dictionary definitions for octarchy


noun plural -chies
  1. government by eight rulers
  2. a confederacy of eight kingdoms, tribes, etc
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