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[fair-oh, far-oh, fey-roh] /ˈfɛər oʊ, ˈfær oʊ, ˈfeɪ roʊ/
a title of an ancient Egyptian king.
(lowercase) any person who uses power or authority to oppress others; tyrant.
Origin of Pharaoh
before 900; Middle English Pharao, Old English Pharaon < Latin pharaō < Greek pharaṓ (stem pharaōn-) < Hebrew phārʿōh < Egyptian pr house + ʿʾ great; originally a designation for the palace, but used to refer to the king from the time of Akhenaton (14th cent. b.c.); -h restored from Hebrew Unabridged
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  • Behold me then, for some two or three hours, alone among the temples of the pharaohs.

  • It certainly was before the pharaohs and perhaps before the glacial epoch.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The monuments of the pharaohs also prove that the land was divided into independent districts, governed by hereditary princes.

  • Seven miles across the river the pharaohs chose the site of their tombs.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
  • The hieratic style of the pharaohs substituted a greater amount of very tasteful symbolic ornamentation.

    A Manual of the Historical Development of Art G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi
British Dictionary definitions for pharaohs


the title of the ancient Egyptian kings
Derived Forms
Pharaonic (fɛəˈrɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
Old English Pharaon, via Latin, Greek, and Hebrew ultimately from Egyptian pr-`o great house
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pharaohs in Culture
pharaohs [(fair-ohz, fay-rohz)]

The kings of ancient Egypt. The pharaohs headed strong governments. They are remembered for establishing extensive irrigation systems and for building as tombs the imposing pyramids, which still stand today.

Note: In the biblical account of the Exodus, a pharaoh refused to let the Israelites under Moses leave Egypt.
pharaoh [(fair-oh, fay-roh)]

The title of the kings of ancient 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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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