1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French archier < Late Latin arcuārius, equivalent to arcu-, stem of arcus bow (see arc) + -ārius -ary Unabridged


William, 1856–1924, Scottish playwright, drama critic, and translator.
a male given name.


2 [ahrch]
playfully roguish or mischievous: an arch smile.
cunning; crafty; sly.
Obsolete. a person who is preeminent; a chief.

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arch1 (ɑːtʃ)
1.  a curved structure, normally in the vertical plane, that spans an opening
2.  Also called: archway a structure in the form of an arch that serves as a gateway
3.  something curved like an arch
4.  a.  any of various parts or structures of the body having a curved or archlike outline, such as the transverse portion of the aorta (arch of the aorta) or the raised bony vault formed by the tarsal and metatarsal bones (arch of the foot)
 b.  loop Compare whorl one of the basic patterns of the human fingerprint, formed by several curved ridges one above the other
5.  (tr) to span (an opening) with an arch
6.  to form or cause to form an arch or a curve resembling that of an arch: the cat arched its back
7.  (tr) to span or extend over: the bridge arched the flooded stream
[C14: from Old French arche, from Vulgar Latin arca (unattested), from Latin arcus bow, arc]

arch2 (ɑːtʃ)
1.  (prenominal) chief; principal; leading: his arch rival
2.  (prenominal) very experienced; expert: an arch criminal
3.  knowing or superior
4.  playfully or affectedly roguish or mischievous
[C16: independent use of arch-]

archer (ˈɑːtʃə)
a person skilled in the use of a bow and arrow
[C13: from Old French archier, from Late Latin arcārius, from Latin arcus bow]

Archer1 (ˈɑːtʃə)
the Archer the constellation Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac

Archer2 (ˈɑːtʃə)
1.  Frederick Scott. 1813--57, British inventor and sculptor. He developed (1851) the wet collodion photographic process, enabling multiple copies of pictures to be made
2.  Jeffrey (Howard), Baron Archer of Weston-Super-Mare. born 1940, British novelist and Conservative politician. He was an MP from 1969 until 1974. His novels include Kane and Abel (1979), Honour Among Thieves (1993), and The Fourth Estate (1996): in 2000 he was imprisoned for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice
3.  William. 1856--1924, Scottish critic and dramatist: made the first English translations of Ibsen

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. arche "arch of a bridge," from L. arcus (see arc). Replaced native bow (n.1). Transferred by 1590 to anything having this form (eyebrows, etc.). The verb meaning "to curve" is from 1620s. Related: Archway (1802).

1540s, "chief, principal," from prefix arch- (from Gk. arkhos "chief;" see archon); used in 12c. archangel, etc., but extended to so many derogatory uses (arch-rogue, arch-knave, etc.) that it acquired a meaning of "roguish, mischievous," since softened to "saucy" (1660s).
Also found in archwife (late 14c.) "A wife of a superior order."

c.1300, from O.Fr. archier, from L. arcarius, from arcus "bow" (see arc). Also a 17c. name for the bishop in chess.
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Medical Dictionary

arch (ärch)
An organ or structure having a curved or bowlike appearance, especially either of two arched sections of the bony structure of the foot.

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Cultural Dictionary

arch definition

In architecture, a curved or pointed opening that spans a doorway, window, or other space.

Note: The form of arch used in building often serves to distinguish styles of architecture from one another. For example, Romanesque architecture usually employs a round arch, and Gothic architecture, a pointed arch.
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Bible Dictionary

Arch definition

an architectural term found only in Ezek. 40:16, 21, 22, 26, 29. There is no absolute proof that the Israelites employed arches in their buildings. The arch was employed in the building of the pyramids of Egypt. The oldest existing arch is at Thebes, and bears the date B.C. 1350. There are also still found the remains of an arch, known as Robinson's Arch, of the bridge connecting Zion and Moriah. (See TYROPOEON VALLEY.)

Archer definition

a shooter with the bow (1 Chr. 10:3). This art was of high antiquity (Gen. 21:20; 27:3). Saul was wounded by the Philistine archers (1 Sam. 31:3). The phrase "breaking the bow" (Hos. 1:5; Jer. 49:35) is equivalent to taking away one's power, while "strengthening the bow" is a symbol of its increase (Gen. 49:24). The Persian archers were famous among the ancients (Isa. 13:18; Jer. 49:35; 50:9, 14, 29, 42. (See BOW ØT0000631).

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Example sentences for archer
Archer decided that shaw could not write a play, so the project was abandoned.
The green archer was a wellregarded serial in the days of silent cinema.
This is often one fluid motion which tends to vary from archer to archer.
The archer begins at the first station of the target and shoots his first arrow.
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