- 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”).