Definition of protospatharius in English:

protospatharius

(also protospatharios, protospathar)

noun

historical
  • A high-ranking official or dignitary of the Byzantine imperial hierarchy.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in William Nicholls (1664–1712), theologian. From post-classical Latin protospatharius and its etymon Byzantine Greek πρωτοσπαθάριος captain of the imperial guards in Byzantium from ancient Greek πρωτο- + Byzantine Greek σπαθάριος swordsman from ancient Greek σπάθη sword + -αριος from classical Latin -ārius.

Pronunciation

protospatharius

/ˌprəʊtə(ʊ)spəˈθɛːrɪəs/