tri·​er·​arch ˈtrī(-ə)-ˌrärk How to pronounce trierarch (audio)
: the commander of a trireme
: an Athenian citizen who had to fit out a trireme for the public service

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To fund their liturgy as a trierarch, a rich taxpayer spent what a skilled worker earned in 10 to 20 years of steady pay, but instead of dodging this responsibility, most embraced it. Thomas Martin, The Conversation, 3 Nov. 2020

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Word History


Latin trierarchus, from Greek triērarchos, from triērēs trireme (from tri- + -ērēs — akin to Latin remus oar) + -archos -arch — more at row

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trierarch was circa 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Trierarch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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