eu·​nuch | \ ˈyü-nək How to pronounce eunuch (audio) , -nik \

Definition of eunuch

1 : a castrated man placed in charge of a harem or employed as a chamberlain in a palace
2 : a man or boy deprived of the testes or external genitals
3 : one that lacks virility or power political eunuchs

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Other Words from eunuch

eunuchism \ ˈyü-​nə-​ˌki-​zəm How to pronounce eunuchism (audio) , -​ni-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web After months of pressure from his mother and sister, Herod ordered the torture of Mariamne’s favorite eunuch to get the dirt on his wife. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Mariamne I," 18 Dec. 2019 As one of the chief advisors to King Aerys II, the eunuch had a front row seat to the Mad King's psychotic break. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Did Varys Try to Kill Daenerys On 'Game of Thrones'?," 13 May 2019 African eunuchs who knew where water was in a desert. Nadia Bolz-weber, Washington Post, "We’re in the midst of an apocalypse. And that’s a good thing.," 14 Mar. 2018 Pfanz also believes eunuch priests only made their sacrifices in the morning or evening hours, when the concentration of the gas was deadly enough. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "How the Roman “Gates of Hell” Killed Animal Sacrifices but Let Human Priests Escape Unharmed," 19 Feb. 2018 Another risk: The Zenned-out Warriors would be mocked as zombies, eunuchs and kiss-ups. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Emotional Warriors could benefit from learning how to chill out," 9 Dec. 2017 Hailing from Northern Ireland, Hill is best-known as Lord Varys, scheming eunuch and and spymaster to the King of the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones. Isobel Thompson, A-LIST, "Conleth Hill: “Truth and illusion, who could tell the difference?”," 10 Mar. 2017 What happened: True love conquers everything, including the very obvious physical limitations of Grey Worm being a eunuch whose penis and testicles had been removed. Matt Miller, Esquire, "These Are the Best Game of Thrones Sex Scenes," 12 Sep. 2017 The sultan was the only heterosexual man allowed within the walls of the harem, which was guarded by African eunuchs (homosexual only, to be super-duper sure of no hanky-panky), whose quarters were off the harem's hauntingly lovely first corridor. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "Incredible Art, Centuries-Old Spas, and How to Get the Best Deals at the Grand Bazaar: Istanbul Like You've Never Seen Before.," 15 Sep. 2015

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First Known Use of eunuch

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for eunuch

Middle English eunuk, from Latin eunuchus, from Greek eunouchos, from eunē bed + echein to have, have charge of — more at scheme entry 1

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“Eunuch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of eunuch

: a man who has had his sexual organs removed


eu·​nuch | \ ˈyü-nək, -nik How to pronounce eunuch (audio) \

Medical Definition of eunuch

: a man or boy deprived of the testes or external genitals

Other Words from eunuch

eunuchism \ -​ˌiz-​əm How to pronounce eunuchism (audio) \ noun

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