Skip to main content
Select Source:

arch-

arch- repr. ult. Gr. arkh(i)- chief, comb. form f. base of arkhós chief, arkhḗ rule, as in arkhággelos archangel, arkhidiā́konos archdeacon, arkhiepískopos archbishop, whence L. archangelus, archidiāconus, archiepiscopus, OF. arc(h)angele, arc(h)ediacre, arc(h)evesque. In OE. at first tr. by hēah HIGH, as in hēahenġel, but later adopted from L. as ærċe-, arċe-, erċe-, as in ærċebisċop, etc. The OE. forms gave ME. erche-, arche-, the latter coinciding with OF. arche-. From such comps. the prefix was generalized, and freely used in the senses ‘chief’, ‘principal’, ‘pre-eminent’, ‘extreme’. Cf. ARCHI-.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"arch-." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Oct. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"arch-." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 24, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/arch-7

"arch-." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Retrieved October 24, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/arch-7

arch-

arch- • comb. form chief; principal: archbishop. ∎  preeminent of its kind: archenemy. ∎  (in unfavorable senses) out-and-out: arch-scoundrel.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"arch-." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Oct. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"arch-." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 24, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/arch-3

"arch-." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved October 24, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/arch-3

arch-

arch- (arche-, archi-, archo-) combining form denoting first; beginning; primitive; ancestral.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"arch-." A Dictionary of Nursing. . Encyclopedia.com. 24 Oct. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"arch-." A Dictionary of Nursing. . Encyclopedia.com. (October 24, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/caregiving/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/arch

"arch-." A Dictionary of Nursing. . Retrieved October 24, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/caregiving/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/arch