satrap

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

Definition of satrap

  1. 1 :  the governor of a province in ancient Persia

  2. 2a :  rulerb :  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


First Known Use: 14th century

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