- a governor of a province under the ancient Persian monarchy.
- a subordinate ruler, often a despotic one.
Origin of satrap
Examples from the Web for satrap
When he had heard her words, Pharnabazus decided that the woman ought to be satrap.
Hence the Persians argued that they had been betrayed by the satrap.
He has made the satrap, as you see, a fugitive and a vagabond in his own vast territory.
What could be clearer, therefore, than that he was about to make a dash at the satrap's home in Caria?Agesilaus
Where a satrap is appointed he has charge of both departments.The Economist
- (in ancient Persia) a provincial governor
- a subordinate ruler, esp a despotic one
Word Origin and History for satrap
late 14c., "governor of a province of ancient Persia," from Latin satrapes, from Greek satrapes, from Old Persian xšathrapavan-, literally "guardian of the realm," from xšathra- "realm, province" (related to xšayathiya "king," cognate with Sanskrit kshatra; cf. shah) + pavan- "guardian," from PIE *pa- "to protect, feed" (see food). Related: Satrapy.