Definitions for arch-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a curved construction spanning an opening and usu. supporting weight from above or the sides.

    Category: Architecture

  2. a doorway or gateway having a curved head; archway.

    Category: Architecture

  3. any overhead curvature resembling an arch.

  4. something bowed or curved:

    the arch of the foot.

  5. (v.t.)to cover or span with an arch.

  6. to form into an arch:

    a cat arching its back.

  7. (v.i.)to form an arch:

    elms arching over the road.

Origin of arch:

1250–1300; < OF arche < VL *arca, fem. var. of L arcusarc


  1. coyly roguish or ironic.

  2. crafty; sly.

Origin of arch:

1545–55; independent use of arch -1



  1. a combining form used to create nouns that denote individuals or institutions directing or having authority over others of their class (archbishop; archdiocese; archpriest); also meaning “principal” (archenemy; archrival) or “prototypical” and thus exemplary or extreme (archconservative).

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

Origin of arch-:

OE arce-, < L archi- < Gk; see archi -


  1. var. of archi - before a vowel:


    Category: Common Vocabulary


  1. a combining form meaning “chief, leader, ruler”:

    matriarch; monarch.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Affix

Origin of -arch:

< Gk -archos or -archēs, as comb. forms of árchos leader


  1. Archbishop.

    Category: Religion


  1. archaic.

  2. archery.

    Category: Sport

  3. archipelago.

  4. architect; architecture.

    Category: Architecture


  1. arch-(Prefix)

    chief, highest, most extreme

Webster Dictionary

  1. Arch-

    a prefix signifying chief, as in archbuilder, archfiend


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