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gymnasiarch

[jim-ney-zee-ahrk] /dʒɪmˈneɪ ziˌɑrk/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece) a magistrate who superintended the gymnasia and public games in certain cities.
Origin of gymnasiarch
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin gymnasiarchus master of a gymnasium < Greek gymnasíarchos, equivalent to gymnási(on) (see gymnasium1) + -archos -arch
Related forms
gymnasiarchy, noun
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  • I would rather gain one prize from the Choragus, than ten from the gymnasiarch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Wheler also gives an inscription in "honour of Callimachus, Scribe and gymnasiarch," and several others.

  • Rather gain one prize from the Choragus than ten from the gymnasiarch.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • He becomes a cadet; again he has to fear the drill-master, the physical trainer, the fencing-master, the gymnasiarch.

British Dictionary definitions for gymnasiarch

gymnasiarch

/dʒɪmˈneɪzɪˌɑːk/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece) an official who supervised athletic schools and contests
2.
(obsolete) the governor or chief tutor of an academy or college
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek gymnasiarchos, from gymnasion gymnasium + -archos ruling
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