also  ˈsa-ˌtrap,
ˈsa-trəp How to pronounce satrap (audio)
: the governor of a province in ancient Persia
: ruler
: a subordinate official : henchman

Examples of satrap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The quick collapse of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European satraps unsettled both nations. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 What cues will America’s adversaries take if an Iranian satrap is allowed to establish an inviolable sphere of influence off Yemen’s coasts? The Editors, National Review, 20 Dec. 2023 The Belarusian leader, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, is viewed largely as the Kremlin’s docile satrap. Valerie Hopkins, New York Times, 25 June 2023 The Belarusian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, is viewed largely as the Kremlin’s docile satrap. Valerie Hopkins,, 25 June 2023 Backed by an expansive and brutal security system, Mr. Lukashenko shows no sign of losing his grip at home, if at the cost of becoming Mr. Putin’s enfeebled satrap. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 The 67-year-old sideline satrap enters the year with a career 292-134 record. Globe Staff,, 5 Sep. 2019 Begelman was neither the first nor the last in a long line of Hollywood satraps who’ve triggered their own downfall. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Aug. 2019

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of satrap was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Satrap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


sa·​trap ˈsā-ˌtrap How to pronounce satrap (audio)
: the governor of a division of ancient Persia
: a ruler who is controlled by a higher authority

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