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noun, plural tri·er·ar·chies. Greek History.
  1. the office of a trierarch.
  2. trierarchs collectively.
  3. (in Athens) the duty of fitting out or furnishing triremes for the public service.
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Origin of trierarchy

From the Greek word triērarchía, dating back to 1830–40. See trierarch, -y3
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  • Of the extraordinary liturgies, the trierarchy was the most important.

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for trierarchy


noun plural -chies Greek history
  1. the responsibility for fitting out a state trireme, esp in Athens
  2. the office of a trierarch
  3. trierarchs collectively
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