a combining form meaning “chief, leader, ruler,” used in the formation of compound words: monarch; matriarch; heresiarch.
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Origin of -arch
< Greek -archos or -archēs, as comb. forms of árchos leader; cf. archi-
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British Dictionary definitions for -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
word-forming element meaning "a ruler," from Greek arkhos "leader, chief, ruler," from arkhe "beginning, origin, first place" (see archon).
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