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[jim-ney-zee-ahrk] /dʒɪmˈneɪ ziˌɑrk/
(in ancient Greece) a magistrate who superintended the gymnasia and public games in certain cities.
Origin of gymnasiarch
1650-60; < Latin gymnasiarchus master of a gymnasium < Greek gymnasíarchos, equivalent to gymnási(on) (see gymnasium1) + -archos -arch
Related forms
gymnasiarchy, noun Unabridged
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  • I would rather gain one prize from the Choragus, than ten from the gymnasiarch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Rather gain one prize from the Choragus than ten from the gymnasiarch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Wheler also gives an inscription in "honour of Callimachus, Scribe and gymnasiarch," and several others.

  • He becomes a cadet; again he has to fear the drill-master, the physical trainer, the fencing-master, the gymnasiarch.

British Dictionary definitions for gymnasiarch


(in ancient Greece) an official who supervised athletic schools and contests
(obsolete) the governor or chief tutor of an academy or college
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek gymnasiarchos, from gymnasion gymnasium + -archos ruling
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