trierarchy(redirected from trierarchies)
n. pl. tri·er·ar·chies
1. The authority or office of the commander of a trierarch.
2. The ancient Athenian system whereby individual citizens furnished and maintained triremes as a part of their public duty.
n, pl -chies
1. (Historical Terms) the responsibility for fitting out a state trireme, esp in Athens
2. (Historical Terms) the office of a trierarch
3. (Historical Terms) trierarchs collectively
tri•er•ar•chy(ˈtraɪ əˌrɑr ki)
n., pl. -chies. (in ancient Greece)
1. the office of a trierarch.
2. (in Athens) the civic duty of fitting out or furnishing triremes.
an ancient Athenian policy allowing private citizens, as part of their civic duty, to fit out triremes for the defense of the city.See also: War