ar·​chon ˈär-ˌkän How to pronounce archon (audio)
: a chief magistrate in ancient Athens
: a presiding officer

Examples of archon in a Sentence

as archon of the nation's most prestigious university, he became something of a national figure
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Word History


Latin, from Greek archōn, from present participle of archein

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of archon was in 1579

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“Archon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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