from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Eastern Orthodox Church A bishop or metropolitan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The governor or prefect of a province.
  • n. The ruler of an eparchy.
  • n. The metropolitan bishop of a province or eparchy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In ancient Greece, the governor or perfect of a province; in modern Greece, the ruler of an eparchy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient and modern Greece, the governor or prefect of an eparchy.
  • n. In the Russian Ch., a bishop as governing an eparchy; especially, a metropolitan. See eparchy, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bishop or metropolitan in charge of an eparchy in the Eastern Church
  • n. the governor or prefect of an eparchy in ancient Greece


Medieval Greek eparkhos, from Greek, governor, ruler, from eparkhein, to rule over : ep-, epi-, epi- + arkhein, to rule.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἔπαρχος, from ἐπί ("over") + ἀρχός ("ruler"). (Wiktionary)



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