exarch

noun
ex·​arch | \ ˈek-ˌsärk How to pronounce exarch (audio) \

Definition of exarch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a Byzantine viceroy
2 : an Eastern bishop ranking below a patriarch and above a metropolitan specifically : the head of an independent church

exarch

adjective

Definition of exarch (Entry 2 of 2)

: formed or taking place from the periphery toward the center exarch xylem

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Other Words from exarch

Noun

exarchal \ ek-​ˈsär-​kəl How to pronounce exarch (audio) \ adjective
exarchate \ ˈek-​ˌsär-​kət How to pronounce exarch (audio) \ noun
exarchy \ ˈek-​ˌsär-​kē How to pronounce exarch (audio) \ noun

Examples of exarch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In that last phase, the city was the capital of a territory called the exarchate, whose commander, the exarch, was sent from Constantinople. Anthony Kaldellis, WSJ, "‘Ravenna’ Review: Crossroads and Crucible," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of exarch

Noun

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exarch

Noun

Late Latin exarchus, from Late Greek exarchos, from Greek, leader, from exarchein to begin, take the lead, from ex- + archein to rule, begin — more at arch-

Adjective

exo- + -arch

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The first known use of exarch was in 1588

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24 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exarch. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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