• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ecclesiarch An official of the Eastern Church, resembling a sacrist in the Western Church.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ecclesiarch A ruler of the church; an ecclesiastical magnate. Bailey, 1727
    • n ecclesiarch In the Gr. Ch., a sacrist or sacristan; a church officer who has charge of a church and its contents, and summons the worshipers by semantron or otherwise. In the more important churches the ecclesiarch formerly had minor officials under his authority.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Ecclesiarch a ruler of the church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. ecclesiarcha, fr. Gr. church + to rule: cf. F. ecclésiarque,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L.,—Gr. ekklesia, an assembly called out of the world, the church—ek, out, and kalein, to call.