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 Their wives and a campaign manager stepped in and female troika led by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya stole the imagination of many, something that Lukashenko reportedly never thought would happen. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, "Russia's Putin, Belarus' Lukashenko spark backlash for skiing, snowboarding during mass protests," 24 Feb. 2021 The lack of trust among the troika members wound up leaving them joined at the hip, reluctant to let each other meet privately with Reagan for fear that the others might use facetime with the president to their advantage. Tevi Troy, WSJ, "How Joe Biden Should Handle White House Infighting," 2 Jan. 2021 The result was that the wives and a campaign manager took calls for change and ran with them as a united front, forming an unprecedented and powerful troika of female voices that brought people out in droves to their rallies. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, "Belarus politician in exile makes plea to America," 21 Aug. 2020 When he was chosen general secretary, the three members of the incumbent ruling troika were named as advisers, a role that enabled them to cast a shadow over his leadership. Seth Mydans, New York Times, "Le Kha Phieu, Vietnam Leader Who Was Pushed Out, Dies at 88," 13 Aug. 2020 Tikhanovsky's wife stepped into his place and with Tsepkalo's wife and Barbariko's campaign manager, formed an unlikely troika of women in a country long run by a strongman who was head of a collective farm in Soviet times. Fox News, "Has Belarus reached a tipping point? Thousands of protesters don't buy election result," 11 Aug. 2020 Chekhov nearly perished in a collision with a mail troika and might have drowned in a flood. The Economist, "Home Entertainment Chekhov’s trip to Sakhalin puts lockdown in perspective," 4 July 2020 The troika of designers at Vaquera — Patric DiCaprio, Claire Sullivan and Bryn Taubensee — get that. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Seeing the Oscar Challenge to Fashion Week and Raising It One," 10 Feb. 2020 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

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Troika.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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

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