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chiliarch Line breaks: chili|arch
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪlɪɑːk/

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Definition of chiliarch in English:


(In ancient Greece) a commander of a thousand men.
Example sentences
  • In response, imperial military personnel were dispatched: four commanders, chiliarchs, and centurions from the capital were each given 30 skilled cavalry troops to patrol trouble spots around Liangxiang.
  • It was also common for chiliarchs and centurions to be dispatched seasonally to supervise bandit-suppression troops stationed in locations in and around the capital.
  • At this point, an assistant chiliarch from the military camp arrived on the scene.


Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek khiliarkhēs, from khilioi 'thousand'.

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