pen·​tar·​chy ˈpen-ˌtär-kē How to pronounce pentarchy (audio)
: a group of five countries or districts each under its own ruler or government

Word History


Greek pentarchia, from penta- + -archia -archy

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pentarchy was circa 1586

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“Pentarchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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