archon

(redirected from archonships)
Also found in: Legal.

ar·chon

 (är′kŏn′, -kən)
n.
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.

archon

(ˈɑːkɒn; -kən)
n
1. (Historical Terms) (in ancient Athens) one of the nine chief magistrates
2. (Law) (in ancient Athens) one of the nine chief magistrates
[C17: from Greek arkhōn ruler, from arkhein to rule]
ˈarchonˌship n

ar•chon

(ˈɑr kɒn)

n.
1. a higher magistrate in ancient Athens.
2. a chief officer.
[1650–60; < Greek árchōn]
ar′chon•ship`, n.

archon

one of the nine magistrates in ancient Athens, chosen from the leading families to oversee the civil and religious life of the city.
See also: Greece and Greeks
Translations
archontas
arkont
References in periodicals archive ?
Holders of the most important offices, the archonships, were selected from a short list, direct election having been abolished in 487-86 B.