- one of the chief magistrates of ancient Athens
- a ruler or chief officer
Origin of archonClassical Greek archōn ; from archein: see arch-
- A high official; a ruler.
- One of the nine principal magistrates of ancient Athens.
- An authoritative figure; a leader: archons of cultural modernism.
Origin of archonLatin archōn, from Greek arkhōn, from present participle of arkhein, to rule.
(plural archontes or archons)
From Ancient Greek ἄρχων (arkhōn), a noun use of the present participle of ἄρχειν (arkhein, “to rule”).