Meaning of ethnarch in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɛθnɑːk/


  • The ruler of a nation or people.

    ‘the ethnarch of Judea’
    • ‘For supporting Julius Caesar they were rewarded well: Hyrcanus was made ethnarch as well as High Priest and Antipater was made procurator of Judea.’
    • ‘In lieu thereof, he created him ethnarch, and as such permitted him to govern nine years.’
    • ‘The ethnarch would understand the danger represented by the rebellious sect.’
    • ‘He was now virtually the ethnarch of all Armenians in the diaspora, but found time to write some 21 books and articles.’
    • ‘The king's ethnarch, Orybas, likes people who work and pay taxes.’
    leader, sovereign, monarch, potentate, crowned head, head of state


Early 17th century via French and modern Latin from Greek ethnarkhēs, from ethnos ‘nation’ + arkhēs ‘ruling’.