ef·​fen·​di e-ˈfen-dē How to pronounce effendi (audio)
: a man of property, authority, or education in an eastern Mediterranean country

Examples of effendi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gyumri, Armenia / Effendi hasn’t spotted Satyrus effendi, a rare butterfly named for her father—Azerbaijani entomologist Rustam Effendi—in the wild. National Geographic, 13 Jan. 2023 And David, once dignified with the Turkish honorific effendi, would die in Auschwitz with much of his family in 1943. The Economist, 2 Jan. 2020

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of effendi was in 1614

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Cite this Entry

“Effendi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effendi. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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