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ephor

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noun eph·or \ˈe-fər, -ˌfȯr\

Definition of ephor

  1. 1 :  one of five ancient Spartan magistrates having power over the king

  2. 2 :  a government official in modern Greece; especially :  one who oversees public works

eph·or·ate play \ˈe-fə-ˌrāt\ noun


Origin of ephor

Latin ephorus, from Greek ephoros, from ephoran to oversee, from epi- + horan to see — more at wary


First Known Use: 1579


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