exarch 1[ek-sahrk] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. Eastern Church.
    1. a patriarch’s deputy.
    2. a title originally applied to a patriarch but later applied only to a bishop ranking below a patriarch and above a metropolitan.
  2. the ruler of a province in the Byzantine Empire.

Origin of exarch 1 1580–90; Late Latin exarchus superintendent Greek éxarchos overseer, leader, equivalent to ex- ex-3 + -archos -arch Related formsex·arch·al, adjective exarch 2[ek-sahrk] adjective Botany.

  1. (of a primary xylem or root) developing from the center; having the youngest cells closest to the core.

Origin of exarch 2 1890–95; ex-2 + Greek archḗ beginning Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for exarch Historical Examples of exarch

  • They were discovered, and fled to Ravenna, where the Exarch held his court.

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  • 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.

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  • The latter commission is presided over by the “exarch” (supra).

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  • The exarch is established at Ravenna, representing the Emperor of the East.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for exarch exarch 1 noun

    1. the head of certain autonomous Orthodox Christian Churches, such as that of Bulgaria and Cyprus
    2. any of certain Eastern Orthodox bishops, lower in rank than a patriarch but higher than a metropolitan
    3. the governor of a province in the Byzantine Empire

    Derived Formsexarchal, adjectiveWord Origin for exarch C16: from Late Latin exarchus overseer, from Greek exarkhos, from exarkhein to take the lead, from arkhein to rule exarch 2 adjective

    1. botany (of a xylem strand) having the first-formed xylem external to that formed laterCompare endarch, mesarch

    Word Origin for exarch C19: from ex- 1 (outside) + Greek arkhē beginning, origin Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for exarch n.

    from Late Latin exarchus, from Greek exarkhos, from ex (see ex- (2)) + arkhos “leader, chief, ruler” (see archon).

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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