variants or Fanariot
plural -s
: one of the Greeks of Constantinople who became powerful in clerical and other offices under Turkish patronage

Word History


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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“Phanariot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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