eparch

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἔπαρχος (éparkhos), from ἐπί (epí, over) + ἀρχός (arkhós, ruler).

Noun[edit]

eparch (plural eparchs)

  1. (historical, Ancient Greece) The governor or prefect of a province.
  2. The ruler of an eparchy.
  3. (Eastern Orthodoxy) The metropolitan bishop of a province or eparchy.
    • 2011, Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms, Penguin 2012, p. 246:
      An Orthodox eparch, or metropolitan bishop, was installed in Polatsk in 992.