Definition of prytanis in US English:

prytanis

(also prytan, prytane)

noun

Ancient Greek History
  • 1In ancient Athens: a member of the presiding division of the Council of Five Hundred.

  • 2The presiding magistrate of an ancient Greek city or state.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas North (1535–?1603), translator. From classical Latin prytanis magistrate in certain Greek cities, and its etymon ancient Greek πρύτανις (plural πρυτάνεις) prince, ruler, chief, at Athens a president, of unknown origin; perhaps a loanword from an Indo-European language of Asia Minor. Originally via Middle French pritane, pritanne.

Pronunciation

prytanis

/ˈprɪtənɪs/