From French archiâtre, from Latin archiater. Compare arch-, iatro-, -iatry.



archiater (plural archiaters)

  1. (historical) Formerly, in continental Europe, the chief physician of a prince or city.
    • 1834 "ARCHIATER" in Penny Cyclopaedia
      in his edition of Cicero's Oration for Archias , Lemgo , and Denmark , however , the dignity of Archiater still exists
    • 1884, J. W. S. Gouley, "Recollecions of Dr. Alonzo Clark", in Transactions of the New York State Medical Association for the Year 1884
      He brought into private practice and made the best use of these methods of precision which he had employed as a teacher, soon became the archiater of New York, and was esteemed as much for his gentle qualities as for his professional ability


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for archiater in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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Borrowed from Ancient Greek ἀρχιατρός (arkhiatrós), from ἀρχι- (arkhi-, chief) +‎ ἰατρός (iatrós, doctor).



archīāter m (genitive archīātrī); second declension

  1. physician, especially a chief physician of a ruler.


Second-declension noun (nominative singular in -er).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative archīāter archīātrī
Genitive archīātrī archīātrōrum
Dative archīātrō archīātrīs
Accusative archīātrum archīātrōs
Ablative archīātrō archīātrīs
Vocative archīāter archīātrī



  • archiater in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • archiater in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin