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[ter-nuh, tur-]
noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a list of three names submitted to the pope as recommended to fill a vacant bishopric or benefice.
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Origin of terna

1880–85; short for New Latin terna nōmina three names together, feminine of ternus. See tern2
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Historical Examples of terna

  • And now had come a fateful moment in the history of Roma terna.

    Theodoric the Goth

    Thomas Hodgkin

  • 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)