eph·​or ˈe-fər How to pronounce ephor (audio)
: one of five ancient Spartan magistrates having power over the king
: a government official in modern Greece
especially : one who oversees public works
ephorate noun

Word History


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

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ephor was in 1579

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“Ephor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephor. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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