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[ih-fee-zhuh nz] /ɪˈfi ʒənz/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
a book of the New Testament, written by Paul.
Abbreviation: Eph., Ephes., Ephs.


[ih-fee-zhuh n] /ɪˈfi ʒən/
of or relating to Ephesus.
a native or inhabitant of Ephesus.
Origin of Ephesian
1350-1400; Middle English Effesian < Latin Ephesi(us) (< Greek Ephésios) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Ephesians
Historical Examples
  • Take the two prayers in Ephesians—the one for light, the other for strength.

  • Were not the Ephesians originally Athenians, and Ephesus is no mean city?

    Ion Plato
  • How did Apollonius of Tyana persuade the Ephesians to kill a man, who really was only a dog?

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • On this spot the Ephesians erected a trophy, and another at Coressus.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Why, you might as safely venture to adore Diana of the Ephesians!

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • That phrase 'in Him' is in some sense the keynote of this Epistle to the Ephesians.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • He (as I said) fought against the Hellenes and of them he attacked the Ephesians first.

  • For about two hours they shouted, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"

    The Children's Bible Henry A. Sherman
  • Paul declares that the sin he indicates should not be named of the Ephesians.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • "Garvie on the Ephesians" is a book of a hundred and eighty pages.

    The House with the Green Shutters

    George Douglas Brown
British Dictionary definitions for Ephesians


(functioning as sing) a book of the New Testament (in full The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians), containing an exposition of the divine plan for the world and the consummation of this in Christ


of or relating to Ephesus
an inhabitant or native of Ephesus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ephesians

New Testament epistle, late 14c., addressed to Christian residents of the Greek city of Ephesus, in what is now western Turkey.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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