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.

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The Cuban vote is influential in a troika of South Florida House seats — FL-26 (currently rated as a tossup), FL-27 (currently rated as likely Democratic), and FL-25 (currently rated as leaning Republican). Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The cynical politics of John Bolton’s “Troika of Tyranny”," 1 Nov. 2018 Early in his Senate career Mr. Lee came to be known as one third of a conservative troika—with Sens. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Trump Interviews Mike Lee for Supreme Court Opening," 3 July 2018 Now, the North American troika has eight years to deliver on what stands to be the most ambitious World Cup in the tournament’s 96-year history. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "North America to Host 2026 World Cup," 13 June 2018 Greece is the last country to exit financial bailouts extended by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund — known as the troika of lenders. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "As Greece Ends a Decade of Bailouts, Problems Linger for Europe," 19 June 2018 Second: Roseman was trusting his new lieutenants, player personnel director Joe Douglas and his assistant Andy Weidl – and the troika has hardly put a foot wrong since their alliance in May of 2016. Marcus Hayes,, "Eagles' Howie Roseman made draft moves that should pay off like 2017's did | Marcus Hayes," 29 Apr. 2018 Rehabbing that troika into a thriving company would be a multiyear effort because of GE Power’s decline; the health care and aviation units are doing well. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "What the Hell Happened at GE?," 24 May 2018 Unless Mattis or supine GOP legislators raise some roadblocks this troika is heading for trouble. Trudy Rubin,, "What H.R. McMaster's exit and John Bolton's arrival mean for the next three dangerous months | Trudy Rubin," 23 Mar. 2018 State politics are governed by a troika of patronizing, paternalistic elites in top-1% enclaves, ethnic minorities clustered in poor, urban neighborhoods and government-employee unions. WSJ, "Election Costs: Least of Connecticut’s Worries," 16 Apr. 2018

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

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