One definition of arch is principal or chief. See, for example, Merriam-Webster Onlineanniem said:Does any one know where this expression came from or what exactly does "arch" mean in this context?
arch (adj.) Look up arch at Dictionary.com
1547, "chief, principal," from prefix arch- (from Gk. arkhos "chief"), used in 12c. archangel, etc., but extended to so many derogatory uses (arch-rogue, arch-knave, etc.) that it acquired a meaning of "roguish, mischievous," since softened to "saucy" (1662). Also found in archwife (c.1386) "A wife of a superior order."
Hello Annie...anniem said:To Cuchuflete
I had tried many different dictionaries at my disposal. If I had been able to find it there, I wouldn't have bothered to ask here.
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