- the commander of a trireme.
- (in Athens) a citizen who, singly, or jointly with other citizens, was required to fit out a trireme for the public service.
Origin of trierarch
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Examples from the Web for trierarch
At the period of which we treat each vessel had one trierarch.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
"A Saxon pirate, O Lentulus," said the trierarch to the man in armor at his side.
The trierarch took the eagle and went and stood by the body of Lentulus.
So did not think the trierarch and the centurion on board the trireme.
Comus, the trierarch, was overeager, or he would have remembered that which he seemed to have forgotten.
- a citizen responsible for fitting out a state trireme, esp in Athens
- the captain of a trireme
C17: from Latin, from Greek triērarkhos, from triērēs equipped with three banks of oars + arkhein to command