troi·​ka | \ ˈtrȯi-kə How to pronounce troika (audio) \

Definition of troika

1 : a Russian vehicle drawn by three horses abreast also : a team for such a vehicle
2 : a group of three especially : an administrative or ruling body of three

Examples of troika in a Sentence

A troika of countries signed the agreement.
Recent Examples on the Web Economic cooperation and the North Korean nuclear threat are the main issues binding the Northeast Asian troika. Washington Post, "Asian shares mixed in quiet pre-Christmas trading," 23 Dec. 2019 Patrick Corbin, the third cog in the Nationals’ premier troika, turned 30 in July and signed a six-year, $140-million contract in the offseason. Los Angeles Times, "World Series preview: Astros and Nationals are rewarded for valuing veterans," 21 Oct. 2019 What used to be a tango between the doctor and patient is now a troika. Danielle Ofri, STAT, "The EMR has changed the doctor-patient duet into a ménage-à-trois," 31 Oct. 2019 The Dodgers’ troika of Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Hyun-Jin Ryu is fresh. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: NLDS preview (Dodgers win in 5)," 3 Oct. 2019 The punishing Scherzer-Strasburg-Corbin troika always gave them a chance. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Washington Nationals finally write a happy playoff ending: ‘We’re not going home’," 1 Oct. 2019 But there is little doubt: His two Super Bowl wins and subsequent coaching tree that produced a troika of legendary Super Bowl-winning head coaches place him among the most significant men to ever walk the NFL sidelines. The Si Staff,, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Schulte estimates that the BAT (China’s troika of Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent) processes at least 10 times as much data every day as Ping An has acquired in its entire existence. Fortune, "China’s Biggest Private Sector Company Is Betting Its Future on Data," 22 July 2019 That leaves just one member of that long-term troika standing—Jack Sussman, executive vice president, specials, music and live events, CBS Entertainment. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Ken Ehrlich Stepping Down as Grammys Executive Producer After 2020 Telecast," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of troika

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for troika

Russian troĭka, from troe three; akin to Old English thrīe three

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The first known use of troika was in 1842

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9 Jan 2020

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“Troika.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of troika

: a group of three people, things, countries, etc.

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