satrap

noun sa·trap \ ˈsā-ˌtrap also ˈsa-ˌtrap or ˈsa-trəp \

Definition of satrap

1 :the governor of a province in ancient Persia
2 a :ruler
b :a subordinate official :henchman

Origin and Etymology of satrap

Middle English, from Latin satrapes, from Greek satrapēs, from Old Persian khshathrapāvan, literally, protector of the dominion

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