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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pentarchy

Statistics for pentarchy

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pentarchy

The first known use of pentarchy was circa 1586

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on pentarchy

See words that rhyme with pentarchy

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about pentarchy

Comments on pentarchy

What made you want to look up pentarchy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!