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

1835–45; < Russian tróĭka threesome, troika, derivative of tróe three (collective), akin to tri three
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Related Words for troika

triumvirate, three, trine, triple, threesome, triad, trinity, triplet, triangle, triplicate, trilogy, triptych, trey, ternion, triune, triunity

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


  1. a Russian vehicle drawn by three horses abreast
  2. three horses harnessed abreast
  3. a triumvirate
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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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