pentarchy

noun
pen·​tar·​chy | \ˈpen-ˌtär-kē \

Definition of pentarchy 

: a group of five countries or districts each under its own ruler or government

First Known Use of pentarchy

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pentarchy

Greek pentarchia, from penta- + -archia -archy

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The first known use of pentarchy was circa 1586

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