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trierarch

[trahy-uh-rahrk]
noun Greek History.
  1. the commander of a trireme.
  2. (in Athens) a citizen who, singly, or jointly with other citizens, was required to fit out a trireme for the public service.
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Origin of trierarch

1650–60; < Greek triḗrarchos, equivalent to triḗr(ēs) trireme + archós commander. See tri-, -arch
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Examples from the Web for trierarch

Historical Examples

  • At the period of which we treat each vessel had one trierarch.

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • So did not think the trierarch and the centurion on board the trireme.

    Ulric the Jarl

    William O. Stoddard

  • "A Saxon pirate, O Lentulus," said the trierarch to the man in armor at his side.

    Ulric the Jarl

    William O. Stoddard

  • The trierarch took the eagle and went and stood by the body of Lentulus.

    Ulric the Jarl

    William O. Stoddard

  • Comus, the trierarch, was overeager, or he would have remembered that which he seemed to have forgotten.

    Ulric the Jarl

    William O. Stoddard


British Dictionary definitions for trierarch

trierarch

noun Greek history
  1. a citizen responsible for fitting out a state trireme, esp in Athens
  2. the captain of a trireme
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from Greek triērarkhos, from triērēs equipped with three banks of oars + arkhein to command
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