tri·​er·​ar·​chy ˈtrī(-ə)-ˌrär-kē How to pronounce trierarchy (audio)
: the ancient Athenian plan whereby individual citizens furnished and maintained triremes as a civic duty

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1837, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of trierarchy was circa 1837

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“Trierarchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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