- Eastern Church.
- a patriarch's deputy.
- a title originally applied to a patriarch but later applied only to a bishop ranking below a patriarch and above a metropolitan.
- the ruler of a province in the Byzantine Empire.
Origin of exarch1
- (of a primary xylem or root) developing from the center; having the youngest cells closest to the core.
Origin of exarch2
1890–95; ex-2 + Greek archḗ beginning
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Examples from the Web for exarch
They were discovered, and fled to Ravenna, where the Exarch held his court.The Eighteen Christian Centuries
I first met the Exarch some years ago while on a visit to Bulgaria.The Passing of the Turkish Empire in Europe
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The Exarch Paul fled to the lagoons and appealed to Orso for help.Venice and its Story
The latter commission is presided over by the “exarch” (supra).
The exarch is established at Ravenna, representing the Emperor of the East.
- the head of certain autonomous Orthodox Christian Churches, such as that of Bulgaria and Cyprus
- any of certain Eastern Orthodox bishops, lower in rank than a patriarch but higher than a metropolitan
- the governor of a province in the Byzantine Empire
C16: from Late Latin exarchus overseer, from Greek exarkhos, from exarkhein to take the lead, from arkhein to rule
C19: from ex- 1 (outside) + Greek arkhē beginning, origin
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Word Origin and History for exarch
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