noun Pha·nar·i·ot \fəˈna(a)rēət, -ēˌät\
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\fəˈna(a)rēət, -ēˌät\

Definition of Phanariot



  1. :  one of the Greeks of Constantinople who became powerful in clerical and other offices under Turkish patronage

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Origin and Etymology of phanariot

New Greek phanariōtēs, literally, inhabitant of the Fanar, from Phanari Fanar, chief Greek quarter in Constantinople under the Turks + Greek -ōtēs -ote

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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