ef·​fen·​di | \ e-ˈfen-dē How to pronounce effendi (audio) , ə- \

Definition of effendi

: a man of property, authority, or education in an eastern Mediterranean country

Examples of effendi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And David, once dignified with the Turkish honorific effendi, would die in Auschwitz with much of his family in 1943. The Economist, "Writing wrongs An intimate chronicle of Sephardic Jewish history," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of effendi

1614, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for effendi

Turkish efendi master, from Modern Greek aphentēs, alteration of Greek authentēs — more at authentic

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“Effendi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effendi. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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