-arch


a combining form meaning “chief, leader, ruler,” used in the formation of compound words: monarch; matriarch; heresiarch.

Nearby words

  1. -anthous,
  2. -anum,
  3. -anus,
  4. -ar,
  5. -arama,
  6. -archy,
  7. -ard,
  8. -aria,
  9. -arian,
  10. -aris

Origin of -arch

< Greek -archos or -archēs, as comb. forms of árchos leader; cf. archi-

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British Dictionary definitions for -arch

-arch

n combining form

leader; ruler; chiefpatriarch; monarch; heresiarch

Word Origin for -arch

from Greek -arkhēs, from arkhein to rule; compare arch-

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Word Origin and History for -arch

-arch

word-forming element meaning "a ruler," from Greek arkhos "leader, chief, ruler," from arkhe "beginning, origin, first place" (see archon).

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