ephor

noun
eph·​or | \ ˈe-fər How to pronounce ephor (audio) , -ˌfȯr \

Definition of ephor

1 : one of five ancient Spartan magistrates having power over the king
2 : a government official in modern Greece especially : one who oversees public works

Other Words from ephor

ephorate \ ˈe-​fə-​ˌrāt How to pronounce ephorate (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of ephor

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ephor

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

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“Ephor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ephor. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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