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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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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).

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