pharaoh

noun, often capitalized pha·raoh \ ˈfer-(ˌ)ō , ˈfā-(ˌ)rō \
Updated on: 6 Apr 2018

Definition of pharaoh

1 : a ruler of ancient Egypt
2 : tyrant

Examples of pharaoh in a Sentence

  1. like some pharaoh of a third-world country, more interested in building monuments to himself than in creating a future for his people

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Origin and Etymology of pharaoh

Middle English pharao, from Old English, from Late Latin pharaon-, pharao, from Greek pharaō, from Hebrew parʽōh, from Egyptian pr-ʽʾ̹

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PHARAOH Defined for English Language Learners

pharaoh

Definition of pharaoh for English Language Learners

  • : a ruler of ancient Egypt


PHARAOH Defined for Kids

pharaoh

noun, often capitalized pha·raoh \ ˈfer-ō \

Definition of pharaoh for Students

: a ruler of ancient Egypt


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