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troika

[troi-kuh] /ˈtrɔɪ kə/
noun
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.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Russian tróĭka threesome, troika, derivative of tróe three (collective), akin to tri three
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Examples for troika
  • The last of the troika is the number of home-and-homes.
  • In essence it looks as if her government and the troika are arguing.
  • We are also coordinating with our two troika partners, who are each stepping up on critical negotiations that are underway.
British Dictionary definitions for troika

troika

/ˈtrɔɪkə/
noun
1.
a Russian vehicle drawn by three horses abreast
2.
three horses harnessed abreast
3.
a triumvirate
Word Origin
C19: from Russian, from troe three
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Word Origin and History for troika
n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for troika

(Russian: "three"), any vehicle drawn by three horses abreast, usually a sleigh with runners but also a wheeled carriage. The three-horse team is also known as a unicorn team.

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