- a governor of an outlying province in the ancient Byzantine Empire
- the supreme head of the independent Orthodox Church of Bulgaria
- Eastern Orthodox Ch.
- Historical an archbishop or patriarch
- now, a bishop or other member of the clergy serving as a patriarch's deputy or legate
Origin of exarchLate Latin exarchus, overseer of monasteries ; from Classical Greek exarchos, leader, chief (in LGr, prefect, bishop): see ex- and amp; -arch
Bot. having the primary xylem maturing from the outer part of a stem toward the center
Origin of exarch; from ex- + Classical Greek arch?, beginning
- A bishop in the Eastern Orthodox Church ranking immediately below a patriarch.
- The ruler of a province in the Byzantine Empire.
Origin of exarchLate Latin exarchus, an overseer, from Greek exarkhos, from exarkhein, to lead : ex-, ex- + arkhein, to rule.
- ex′ar′chate , ex′ar′chy
- (historical) In the Byzantine Empire, a governor of a distant province.
- In the Eastern Christian Churches, the deputy of a patriarch, or a bishop who holds authority over other bishops without being a patriarch.
- In these same churches, a bishop appointed over a group of the faithful not yet large enough or organized enough to constitute an eparchy or diocese.
Borrowed from Church Latin exarchus.