三公

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Chinese[edit]

three
 
just; honorable (designation); public; common
simp. and trad.
(三公)

Etymology[edit]

Starting in the Zhou Dynasty, the three highest civil posts were: 太師太师 (tàishī), 太傅 (tàifù), 太保 (tàibǎo). In the Eastern Han Dynasty, the three positions were: 太尉 (tàiwèi) (Grand Commandant), 司徒 (sītú) (Minister over the Masses) and 司空 (sīkōng) (Minister of Works). Later on, the three positions were discontinued, and their duties were folded into the position of 丞相 (chéngxiàng) (chancellor of China).

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Noun[edit]

三公

  1. (archaic) three highest-ranking civil officials in the imperial court

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