- any ruler of a fourth part, division, etc.
- a subordinate ruler.
- one of four joint rulers or chiefs.
- the ruler of the fourth part of a country or province in the ancient Roman Empire.
Origin of tetrarch
Examples from the Web for tetrarch
Why does the Tetrarch look at me all the while with his mole's eyes under his shaking eyelids?
But the Tetrarch has formally forbidden that any man should raise the cover of this well.
Tetrarch, Tetrarch, command your soldiers that they bring me the head of Jokanaan.
The Tetrarch bulged in his cushions, as if she had already said something.
The tetrarch appeared on a terrace, removing his ceremonial gloves.
- the ruler of one fourth of a country
- a subordinate ruler, esp of Syria under the Roman Empire
- the commander of one of the smaller subdivisions of a Macedonian phalanx
- any of four joint rulers
Word Origin and History for tetrarch
late Old English tetrarche "ruler of one of four divisions of a kingdom or province," from Late Latin tetrarcha, from Greek tetrarkhes "leader of four companies, tetrarch," from tetra- "four" (see tetra-) + arkhein "to rule" (see archon). Applied generally to subordinate rulers in the Roman Empire, especially in Syria.