[ ih-fen-dee ]

noun,plural ef·fen·dis.
  1. a former Turkish title of respect, especially for government officials.

  2. (in eastern Mediterranean countries) a man who is a member of the aristocracy.

Origin of effendi

1605–15; <Turkish efendi<Modern Greek, Greek authentḗs doer, master. See authentic

Words Nearby effendi

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How to use effendi in a sentence

  • I will not tell you his name, nor the name of the effendi to whose harem he belongs.

    Paul Patoff | F. Marion Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for effendi


/ (ɛˈfɛndɪ) /

nounplural -dis
  1. (in the Ottoman Empire) a title of respect used to address men of learning or social standing

  2. (in Turkey since 1934) the oral title of address equivalent to Mr

Origin of effendi

C17: from Turkish efendi master, from Modern Greek aphentēs, from Greek authentēs lord, doer; see authentic

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