Definition of Exilarch in English:

Exilarch

noun

historical
  • The head of the semi-autonomous Jewish community in Sassanian Persia and Islamic Iraq between the 2nd and 11th centuries, claiming authority over Jewish communities worldwide.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Universalist Quarterly. From exile + -arch, after Aramaic rēš gālūṯā, lit. ‘head of the exiles’.

Pronunciation

Exilarch

/ˈɛksɪlɑːk/ /ˈɛɡzɪlɑːk/