- a title of an ancient Egyptian king.
- (lowercase) any person who uses power or authority to oppress others; tyrant.
Origin of Pharaoh
Examples from the Web for pharaohs
During the time of the pharaohs, such funerary vessels were used to store the organs of the deceased.7 Historically Significant Artifacts Rescued by Happenstance
The Daily Beast
October 24, 2014
One of the strongest theories suggests it may have emerged in Ethiopia during the time of the pharaohs.Egypt’s Terrible FGM Death
June 13, 2013
They had slumbered in my drawer over the decades, like pharaohs snoozing in their tombs.Never Before Seen Beatles Photos From 1964
April 24, 2013
When writing about his rise, British tabloids never failed to mention the pharaohs' ancient dynasties.Hosni Mubarak's Final Tragedy
February 13, 2011
My wife and I recently toured the tombs and temples of the Pharaohs along the Upper Nile.Chris Matthews on the Buckley Mystique
May 3, 2009
Long before the Pharaohs she was petted, and even held sacred.
The religion of Rome is called in these verses "the Faith of the Pharaohs."Henry of Monmouth, Volume 2
J. Endell Tyler
Philosophers as well as immemorial kings, Pharaohs and Ptolemys, are on our side.The Library
It certainly was before the Pharaohs and perhaps before the glacial epoch.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Would they wed and bear children there, who should rule as Pharaohs in the Under-world?Morning Star
H. Rider Haggard
- the title of the ancient Egyptian kings
Word Origin and History for pharaohs
title of the kings of ancient Egypt, Old English Pharon, from Latin Pharaonem, from Greek Pharao, from Hebrew Par'oh, from Egyptian Pero', literally "great house."
The title of the kings of ancient Egypt (see also Egypt). In the story of Joseph and his brothers, a pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of his entire kingdom. In the Book of Exodus, a pharaoh repeatedly refuses the request of Moses to let the Israelites leave the country and does not give in until after the worst of the ten plagues of Egypt.