- 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
Examples from the Web for effendi
They were of the "Effendi class," and might be merchants or professional persons.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
The effendi was delighted when he found that the letter was for himself.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
An Effendi took the watch yesterday to show it to Vartan, the jeweler.
I will not tell you his name, nor the name of the Effendi to whose harem he belongs.
"Everything that you have ordered has been done, Effendi," he said humbly.The Clue of the Twisted Candle
- (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 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).