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

  • n. The ruler of a province or a people.

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  • n. The governor of a province or people.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The governor of a province or people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek antiquity, a viceroy; a governor of a province.

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

  • n. the ruler of a province (as in the Roman Empire and Byzantine Empire) or certain religious rulers with secular authority


Greek ethnarkhēs : ethnos, nation; see ethnic + -arkhēs, -arch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Ancient Greek ἐθνάρχης (ethnarkhēs). (Wiktionary)


  • Also, when a girl, she had been betrothed to Archelaus at the time he was ethnarch of

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  • I cannot prevent Hyrcanus from titling himself a king among his people, but in the eyes of Rome he is no more and no less than an ethnarch.

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  • His older full brother Archelaus was made “ethnarch” of Judea, a term meaning “ruler of the nation.”

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  • In 63 Pompey captured Jerusalem and ended the rivalry over the Hasmonean kingship by making Hyrcanus high priest and ethnarch.


  • Six months ago he had sent to Morsimus, now an ethnarch in Tarsus, and begged him to find that ointment, even if he had to search every settlement in Cilicia Pedia.

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  • One Ianitor was chief ethnarch that year; word that a full Roman embassage was awaiting him in the agora sent Ianitor flying there posthaste, together with some of the other city elders.

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  • “I presume you wouldn't be an ethnarch so soon after the reign of Mithridates in Asia Province if you had sympathized with his cause,” said Caesar, brushing aside the customary courtesies.

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  • “Make further enquiries,” said Verres curtly, then put on his most charmingly false smile as he came to Ianitor's door, where the chief ethnarch waited in person to welcome him.

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  • They reached Priene early enough on the fourth day for Caesar to seek out the ethnarch, a man of Aethiopian name, Memnon.

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  • He knew the senior of them well-Hiero of Lilybaeum, who had been ethnarch of that important western Sicilian port city when Cicero had been quaestor there.

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  • Most princes aspire to be ethnarch,
    But Phillip's ambition was less stark.
    For Herod's young scion
    A quarter of Zion
    Contented him nicely as tetrarch.

    March 27, 2015