ephe·​bus i-ˈfē-bəs How to pronounce ephebus (audio)
plural ephebi i-ˈfē-ˌbī How to pronounce ephebus (audio)
: a youth of ancient Greece
especially : an Athenian 18 or 19 years old in training for full citizenship

Word History


Latin, from Greek ephēbos, from epi- + hēbē youth, puberty

First Known Use

1627, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ephebus was in 1627

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“Ephebus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephebus. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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