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/ ˈɑr tʃi /
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a male given name, form of Archibald.
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a combining form meaning “rule,” “government,” forming abstract nouns usually corresponding to personal nouns ending in -arch: monarchy; oligarchy.

Origin of -archy

Middle English -archie<Latin -archia<Greek, equivalent to arch(os) or -arch(ēs) -arch + -ia-y3
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What does -archy mean?

The combining form -archy is used like a suffix meaning “rule” or “government.” It is often used in technical terms, especially in sociology.

The form -archy comes from Greek -archēs, meaning “rule, government.”

What are variants of -archy?

While -archy doesn’t have any variants, it is related to the form -arch, as in matriarch. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article for -arch.

Examples of -archy

An example of a word you may have encountered that features -archy is matriarchy, “a family, society, community, or state governed by women.”

Matri- is a form that means “mother,” from Latin māter, while the -archy portion of the word means “government.” Matriarchy literally translates to “government by mothers.”

What are some words that use the equivalent of the combining form -archy in Greek?

What are some other forms that -archy may be commonly confused with?

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The combining form mon- means “alone, single.” With this in mind, what does monarchy literally mean?

How to use Archy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Archy


n combining form
government; ruleanarchy; monarchy

Derived forms of -archy

-archic, adj combining form-archist, n combining form

Word Origin for -archy

from Greek -arkhia; see -arch
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