To save this word, you'll need to log in.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'satrap.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English, from Latin satrapes, from Greek satrapēs, from Old Persian khshathrapāvan, literally, protector of the dominion
Keep scrolling for more
Time Traveler for satrap
See more words from the same century
Cite this Entry
“Satrap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/satrap. Accessed 28 May. 2020.
More from Merriam-Webster on satrap
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for satrap
Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with satrap
Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about satrap
Comments on satrap
What made you want to look up satrap? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
See Definitions and Examples »
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Uncommon singular versions of words
Getting back your money or back on your feet
Words from the week of 5/22/2020
A question for the ages
A definitive answer.
And who put it there, anyway?
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Surprisingly specific words for shapes.
Build a city of skyscrapers—one synonym at a time.