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 History of this Word

"arch" is from "archos", (ruler), spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.


In this sense, "arch" is a word added to another word to make a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"arch-" is a type of prefix


A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "chief" or "beginning" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

arch- illustration This game differs from many games of this type in that you have an archenemy, the evil head of the alien race.
arch- illustration Archaeology studies material remains in order to understand and explain human behavior.