a Russian carriage, wagon, or sleigh drawn by a team of three horses abreast.
a team of three horses driven abreast.
any group of three persons, nations, etc., acting equally in unison to exert influence, control, or the like.

Origin of troika

1835–45; < Russian tróĭka threesome, troika, derivative of tróe three (collective), akin to tri three Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for troika

Contemporary Examples of troika

Historical Examples of troika

  • My new driver now appears and calls out "The troika is ready."

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • If I wished to follow the course of the troika, the road on the right was the one to choose.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • She also sprang from the troika, and held Paul by the wrist.

    The Shadow of the Czar

    John R. Carling

  • We had the first snow here yesterday, and we had troika rides with the lawyers.

    A Family of Noblemen

    Mikhal Saltykov

  • But the troika had stopped, and Vassili sprang out upon the snow.

    Marie Tarnowska

    Annie Vivanti

British Dictionary definitions for troika



a Russian vehicle drawn by three horses abreast
three horses harnessed abreast
a triumvirate

Word Origin for troika

C19: from Russian, from troe three
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Word Origin and History for troika

1842, "carriage drawn by three horses abreast," from Russian troika "three-horse team, any group of three," from collective numeral troe "three" + diminutive suffix -ka. Sense of "any group of three administrators, triumvirate" is first recorded 1945.

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