octarchy

[ ok-tahr-kee ]
/ ˈɒk tɑr ki /

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for octarchy

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for octarchy

octarchy

/ (ˈɒktɑːkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

government by eight rulers
a confederacy of eight kingdoms, tribes, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012