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[ih-fen-dee] /ɪˈfɛn di/
noun, plural effendis.
a former Turkish title of respect, especially for government officials.
(in eastern Mediterranean countries) a man who is a member of the aristocracy.
Origin of effendi
1605-15; < Turkish efendi < Modern Greek, Greek authentḗs doer, master. See authentic Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for effendi
Historical Examples
  • They were of the "effendi class," and might be merchants or professional persons.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The effendi was delighted when he found that the letter was for himself.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • An effendi took the watch yesterday to show it to Vartan, the jeweler.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford
  • I will not tell you his name, nor the name of the effendi to whose harem he belongs.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford
  • "Everything that you have ordered has been done, effendi," he said humbly.

  • Be perfectly calm, effendi, and treat these men if you did not know fear.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
  • But see, effendi, he is ordering them to try and empty the boat.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
  • “They are young, effendi, healthy and strong,” said Yussuf gravely.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
  • “There is no village that we shall stop at, effendi,” said Yussuf quietly.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
  • No, effendi,” he exclaimed sharply; “not that way, but this.

    Yussuf the Guide George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for effendi


noun (pl) -dis
(in the Ottoman Empire) a title of respect used to address men of learning or social standing
(in Turkey since 1934) the oral title of address equivalent to Mr
Word Origin
C17: from Turkish efendi master, from Modern Greek aphentēs, from Greek authentēs lord, doer; see authentic
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Word Origin and History for effendi

Turkish title of respect, 1610s, from Turkish efendi, title of respect applied to professionals and officials, corruption of Greek authentes "lord, master" (in Modern Greek aphente; see authentic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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