One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The ruler of a nation or people.‘the ethnarch of Judea’
leader, sovereign, monarch, potentate, crowned head, head of stateView synonyms
- ‘For supporting Julius Caesar they were rewarded well: Hyrcanus was made ethnarch as well as High Priest and Antipater was made procurator of Judea.’
- ‘He was now virtually the ethnarch of all Armenians in the diaspora, but found time to write some 21 books and articles.’
- ‘The ethnarch would understand the danger represented by the rebellious sect.’
- ‘In lieu thereof, he created him ethnarch, and as such permitted him to govern nine years.’
- ‘The king's ethnarch, Orybas, likes people who work and pay taxes.’
Mid 17th century: from Greek ethnarkhēs, from ethnos ‘nation’ + arkhēs ‘ruling’.
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