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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A bishop or metropolitan.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun historical, Ancient Greece The governor or prefect of a province.
  • noun The ruler of an eparchy.
  • noun Eastern Orthodoxy The metropolitan bishop of a province or eparchy.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Greek eparkhos, from Greek, governor, ruler, from eparkhein, to rule over : ep-, epi-, epi- + arkhein, to rule.]

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From Ancient Greek ἔπαρχος, from ἐπί ("over") + ἀρχός ("ruler").

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