- a higher magistrate in ancient Athens.
- any ruler.
Origin of archon
Examples from the Web for archon
Oils, as I am a Christian, and close to the very palace of the Archon!Gycia
While at Archon's table he had determined to place his cure in the hands of higher powers.Arachne, Complete
This probably alludes to the government of Solon, when Archon of Athens.The Fables of Phdrus
Philopoemen had a sharp difference in debate with Archon the Strategus.
He corresponded to the Roman consul and the Athenian archon.Mesopotamian Archaeology
Percy S. P. Handcock
- (in ancient Athens) one of the nine chief magistrates
Word Origin and History for archon
one of the nine chief magistrates of ancient Athens, 1650s, from Greek arkhon "ruler," noun use of present participle of arkhein "to rule," from PIE *arkhein- "to begin, rule, command," a "Gk. verb of unknown origin, but showing archaic Indo-European features ... with derivatives arkhe, 'rule, beginning,' and arkhos, 'ruler' " [Watkins].