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triarchy

[trahy-ahr-kee] /ˈtraɪ ɑr ki/
noun, plural triarchies.
1.
government by three persons.
2.
a set of three joint rulers; a triumvirate.
3.
a country divided into three governments.
4.
a group of three countries or districts, each under its own ruler.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Greek triarchía triumvirate. See tri-, -archy
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British Dictionary definitions for triarchy

triarchy

/ˈtraɪɑːkɪ/
noun (pl) -chies
1.
government by three people; a triumvirate
2.
a country ruled by three people
3.
an association of three territories each governed by its own ruler
4.
any of the three such territories
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