- a person serving the ancient Spartans as governor of a subject or conquered town.
Origin of harmost
1765–75; < Greek harmostḗs, derivative of harmózein to regulate, govern, join
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Examples from the Web for harmost
Harmost, hr′most, n. a Spartan governor of a subject city or province.
The city of Chalkedon had revolted from Athens, and received a Lacedaemonian harmost and garrison.
A "harmost," ἁρμοστες, was an officer sent from Sparta to administer a subject city.