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 (är′kŏn′, -kən)
1. A high official; a ruler.
2. One of the nine principal magistrates of ancient Athens.
3. An authoritative figure; a leader: archons of cultural modernism.

[Latin archōn, from Greek arkhōn, from present participle of arkhein, to rule.]

ar′chon·ship′ n.
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For the Commissioners, for whom Antikles was Secretary, in the (year of the) fourteenth Boule, in which Metagenes was first Secretary, in Krates' archonship (a form of government) over the Athenians (434/3), the receipts for this year (are) as follows: Balance from the previous year 1,470 dr.
In the fifteenth, in the forty-eighth year of the priestess-ship of Chrysis at Argos, in the ephorate of Aenesias at Sparta, in the last month but two of the archonship of Pythodorus at Athens, and six months after the battle of Potidaea, just at the beginning of spring (Thuc.
all four classes of citizens were eligible for archonship.
Thus, by providing precise and leading clues, Plato makes it possible to conclude that Socrates entered the house of Kritias to discuss the city at war with Timaeus of Locri and Hermokrates of Syracuse and one other individual about 28 Hekatombaion of the Archonship of Aristion (mid-August 421).