American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Chief; highest; most important: archenemy.
- Extreme or most characteristic of its kind: archconservative.
- Variant of archi-.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A prefix signifying chief, as in
- From Latin archi-, from Ancient Greek ἀρχι- (archi-), from ἄρχω (archō, "to begin, to lead, to rule, to govern"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English arche-, from Old English ærce- and from Old French arche-, both from Latin archi-, from Greek arkhi-, archi-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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