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  1. the ruler of a people, tribe, or nation.
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Origin of ethnarch

From the Greek word ethnárchēs, dating back to 1635–45. See ethno-, -arch
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Examples from the Web for ethnarch

Historical Examples

  • Onias was recognised by the Judans as head, or prince of the race (Ethnarch).

    History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6)

    Heinrich Graetz

  • This is the word he uses for 'ethnarch,' Contra Flaccum, § 10.

  • They obtained from the ethnarch, who governed Damascus in the name of Hrath, an order to arrest him.

    The Apostles

    Ernest Renan

  • In the following year he was by popular decree invested with absolute powers, being appointed leader, high priest and ethnarch.

British Dictionary definitions for ethnarch


  1. the ruler of a people or province, as in parts of the Roman and Byzantine Empires
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Derived Formsethnarchy, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Greek ethnarkhēs, from ethnos nation + arkhein to rule
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