adjective, often capitalized
phar·​a·​on·​ic | \ ˌfer-ā-ˈä-nik How to pronounce pharaonic (audio) \

Definition of pharaonic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a pharaoh or the pharaohs
2 : enormous in size or magnitude pharaonic construction projects

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of pharaonic in a Sentence

the building of the Hoover Dam was a construction project of pharaonic proportions

Recent Examples on the Web

Embarking on his biography of Lyndon Johnson in the mid-1970s, Robert Caro went to the pharaonic LBJ library and museum in Austin, Texas. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Working’ Review: ‘Just Remember: Turn Every Page’," 12 Apr. 2019 The long era of pharaonic generals may persist for many more years before the system finally collapses. James Traub, WSJ, "‘Into the Hands of the Soldiers’ Review: Arab Spring, Egypt’s Fall," 14 Aug. 2018 The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry says the artifacts include parts of five coffins, two statues of cats, a depiction of a human head made of basalt, and a pharaonic mask made of wood. Fox News, "Egypt repatriates stolen ancient artifacts from France," 7 June 2018 The pharaonic work being described meant, obviously, many jobs. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 The world's oldest known cases of breast cancer and multiple myeloma have been discovered in the remains of mummies in the pharaonic necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa in the Egyptian city of Aswan. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "Healing process after breast cancer surgery may trigger cancer spread, study says," 11 Apr. 2018 Associated with divinity, royalty and power, the winged sun-disk is a common symbol of the pharaonic era. James Rogers, Fox News, "Rare Roman discovery thrills experts: Emperor's marble head found at Egyptian temple site," 25 Apr. 2018 Teams of divers uncovered stone sphinxes, pharaonic statuary and figures of gods and rulers, including the three immense and imposing statues that here welcome visitors into the museum’s vast entrance hall. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds’ Review: Treasures Beneath the Waves," 27 Mar. 2018 And its artistry would have done any Egyptian proud, with etchings of falcon heads, winged gods, and a head of pharaonic gravity. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World’ Review: A Cross-Cultural Journey Begins," 31 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pharaonic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pharaonic

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pharaonic

French pharaonique, from pharaon pharaoh, from Late Latin Pharaon-, Pharao

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pharaonic

Statistics for pharaonic

Last Updated

5 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pharaonic

The first known use of pharaonic was in 1792

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on pharaonic

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pharaonic

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for pharaonic

Comments on pharaonic

What made you want to look up pharaonic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!