- in the Byzantine Empire, the governor of an eparchy
- Eastern Orthodox Ch. a metropolitan or bishop
Origin of eparchClassical Greek eparchos from epi-, over + archos, ruler: see -arch
nounEastern Orthodox Church
A bishop or metropolitan.
Origin of eparchMedieval Greek eparkhos from Greek governor, ruler from eparkhein to rule over ep-, epi- epi- arkhein to rule
From Ancient Greek ἔπαρχος (eparkhos), from ἐπί (epi, “over”) + ἀρχός (arkhos, “ruler”).