Meaning of -ARCH in English

-ARCH

a combining form meaning "chief, leader, ruler," used in the formation of compound words: monarch; matriarch; heresiarch.

[ -archos or -arches, as comb. forms of árchos leader; cf. ARCHI- ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .