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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.


(ˈɑːkɒn; -kən)
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


(ˈɑr kɒn)

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


one of the nine magistrates in ancient Athens, chosen from the leading families to oversee the civil and religious life of the city.
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