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[ef-uh-suh s] /ˈɛf ə səs/
an ancient city in W Asia Minor, S of Smyrna (Izmir): famous temple of Artemis, or Diana; early Christian community. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Were not the Ephesians originally Athenians, and Ephesus is no mean city?

    Ion Plato
  • St. Paul, when at Ephesus, caused a number of books of magic to be burned.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • How did he know that this dog, or this man, was the cause of the pestilence which afflicted Ephesus?

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • After this Thrasylus led his troops back to the sea, intending to sail to Ephesus.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • The citizens of Ephesus, on their side, were not slow to protect themselves.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • After this, at the first indication of spring, he collected the whole of his army at Ephesus.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Any tent marked "Ephesus" was sure to have a good sale anywhere.

    Confessions of a Book-Lover Maurice Francis Egan
  • It made him look so common, so pushing, so like an Ephesus drygoods clerk.

    Tutors' Lane Wilmarth Lewis
  • Paul has heard, concerning these people in Ephesus, of their faith and love.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
British Dictionary definitions for Ephesus


(in ancient Greece) a major trading city on the W coast of Asia Minor: famous for its temple of Artemis (Diana); sacked by the Goths (262 ad)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ephesus

Greek city in ancient Asia Minor, center of worship for Artemis, Greek Ephesos, traditionally derived from ephoros "overseer," in reference to its religious significance, but this might be folk etymology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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