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noun, plural tri·ar·chies.
  1. government by three persons.
  2. a set of three joint rulers; a triumvirate.
  3. a country divided into three governments.
  4. a group of three countries or districts, each under its own ruler.
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Origin of triarchy

First recorded in 1595–1605, triarchy is from the Greek word triarchía triumvirate. See tri-, -archy
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  • Triarchy, trī′ar-ki, n. government by three persons: a state governed by three persons.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)


British Dictionary definitions for triarchy


noun plural -chies
  1. government by three people; a triumvirate
  2. a country ruled by three people
  3. an association of three territories each governed by its own ruler
  4. any of the three such territories
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