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[troi-kuh] /ˈtrɔɪ kə/
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
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  • Katina instantly flew off to summon the driver of the troika in which Paul and Trevisa had made their journey from Slavowitz.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • My new driver now appears and calls out "The troika is ready."

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • But in town, whizzing past other carriages, hearing the shouts of the idvosjik, "troika!"

    As Seen By Me Lilian Bell
  • If I wished to follow the course of the troika, the road on the right was the one to choose.

    Dariel R. D. Blackmore
  • To assume, as Mr. Gladstone does, that Homer lived within fifty years after the troika, is to make a purely gratuitous assumption.

British Dictionary definitions for troika


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