catapan

noun cat·a·pan \ˈkatəˌpan\

Definition of catapan

plural

-s

  1. :  the governor of Calabria and Apulia under the Byzantine emperors

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Origin and Etymology of catapan

Medieval Latin catapanus, catipanus, from Middle Greek katapanos, modification of Old Italian capitano leader, commander, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin capitanus foremost, chief, from Latin capit-, caput head — more at head


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