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Starting in the Zhou Dynasty, the top three were: trad. 太師, simpl. 太师, 太傅, 太保. In the Eastern Han Dynasty, the three positions were: 太尉 (Grand Commandant), 司徒 (Minister over the Masses) and 司空 (Minister of Works). Later on, the three positions were discontinued, and their duties were folded into the position of 丞相 (chancellor of China).
- (archaic) the top three civil officials within the government