Meaning of -ARCH in English

I. ˌärk, ˌȧk, alternatively -_ə(r)k in a few common words (as “monarch”) in which the preceding syllable has stress noun combining form

( -s )

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-

: ruler : leader

matri arch

nom arch

II. ˌärk, ˌȧk adjective combining form

Etymology: probably from German, from Greek archē beginning — more at archi-

: having (such) a point or (so many) points of origin

end arch

pent arch

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