|1.||the ruler of one fourth of a country|
|2.||a subordinate ruler, esp of Syria under the Roman Empire|
|3.||the commander of one of the smaller subdivisions of a Macedonian phalanx|
|4.||any of four joint rulers|
|[C14: from Greek tetrarkhēs; see |
strictly the ruler over the fourth part of a province; but the word denotes a ruler of a province generally (Matt. 14:1; Luke 3:1, 19; 9:7; Acts 13:1). Herod and Phasael, the sons of Antipater, were the first tetrarchs in Palestine. Herod the tetrarch had the title of king (Matt. 14:9).