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.
- ex·arch·al, adjective
Other definitions for exarch (2 of 2)
(of a primary xylem or root) developing from the center; having the youngest cells closest to the core.
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How to use exarch in a sentence
Under the exarchs of Ravenna, Rome was degraded to the second rank.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire | Edward Gibbon
The Ostrogothic monarchy was overthrown, and the emperor governed Italy by his exarchs at Ravenna.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2) | John William Draper
Under the exarchs, the credit and influence of the popes augmented, but even then they had not the smallest degree of civil power.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
In conscious imitation, the Church established ecclesiastical exarchs or patriarchs in these local capitals.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church | Alexander Clarence Flick
Near this church is part of the front of the palace of Theodoric, in which the Exarchs and Lombard kings subsequently resided.Saunterings | Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for exarch (1 of 2)
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
- exarchal, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for exarch (2 of 2)
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