(in ancient Greece) the military commander of 1000 men.

1650–60; < Latin chiliarchēs (or chiliarchus) < Greek chiliárchēs (or chiliárchos), equivalent to chī́li(oi) 1000 + -archēs (or -archos) -arch

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