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tetrarch

[ te-trahrk, tee- ]
/ ˈtɛ trɑrk, ˈti- /
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noun
any ruler of a fourth part, division, etc.
a subordinate ruler.
one of four joint rulers or chiefs.
the ruler of the fourth part of a country or province in the ancient Roman Empire.
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Origin of tetrarch

1350–1400; Middle English, tetrarcha, tetrarke<Late Latin tetrarcha, variant of Latin tetrarchēs<Greek tetrárchēs.See tetr-, -arch

OTHER WORDS FROM tetrarch

te·trar·chy, te·trarch·ate [te-trahr-keyt, -kit, tee-], /ˈtɛ trɑrˌkeɪt, -kɪt, ˈti-/, nounte·trar·chic [te-trahr-kik, ti-], /tɛˈtrɑr kɪk, tɪ-/, te·trar·chi·cal, adjective
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How to use tetrarch in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tetrarch

tetrarch
/ (ˈtɛtrɑːk) /

noun
the ruler of one fourth of a country
a subordinate ruler, esp of Syria under the Roman Empire
the commander of one of the smaller subdivisions of a Macedonian phalanx
any of four joint rulers

Derived forms of tetrarch

tetrarchate (tɛˈtrɑːˌkeɪt, -kɪt), nountetrarchic or tetrarchical, adjectivetetrarchy, noun

Word Origin for tetrarch

C14: from Greek tetrarkhēs; see tetra-, -arch
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