noun eph·or \ˈe-fər, -ˌfȯr\

Definition of ephor

  1. 1 :  one of five ancient Spartan magistrates having power over the king

  2. 2 :  a government official in modern Greece; especially :  one who oversees public works


play \ˈe-fə-ˌrāt\ noun

Origin and Etymology of ephor

Latin ephorus, from Greek ephoros, from ephoran to oversee, from epi- + horan to see — more at wary

First Known Use: 1579

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