Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Government by five rulers.
  • n. A body of five joint rulers.
  • n. An association or federation of five governments, each ruled by a different leader.

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  • n. Government by five persons.
  • n. A governing body consisting of five persons.
  • n. A federation of five nations, each under its own government or ruler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A government in the hands of five persons; five joint rulers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A government vested in five persons.
  • n. A group of five rulers, or of five influential persons.
  • n. Any group of five.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Greek pentarkhiā : penta-, penta- + -arkhiā, -archy.

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pent- + -archy

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