- I. \\ˌärk, ˌȧk, alternatively -_ə(r)k in a few common words (as “monarch”) in which the preceding syllable has stress\ noun combining form
Etymology: Middle English -arke, -arche, from Old French & Late Latin & Latin; Old French -arche, from Late Latin -archa, from Latin -arches, -archus, from Greek -archēs, archos — more at archi-
matriarchII. \\ˌärk, ˌȧk\ adjective combining form
* * *a combining form meaning "chief, leader, ruler," used in the formation of compound words: monarch; matriarch; heresiarch.
* * *-arch /-ärk or -ərk/combining formDenoting chief, ruler, as in matriarch, monarchORIGIN: Gr archē rule
Useful english dictionary. 2012.