[ ih-feeb, ef-eeb ]
/ ɪˈfib, ˈɛf ib /
a young man, especially an ephebus.
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Origin of ephebe
1690–1700; <Latin ephēbus<Greek éphēbos, equivalent to ep-ep- + -hēbos, derivative of hḗbē manhood
OTHER WORDS FROM ephebee·phe·bic, adjective
Words nearby ephebe
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Example sentences from the Web for ephebe
The Greek youth became enamoured of the ephebe in the gymnasium, where they appeared nude and beautiful.Acrobats and Mountebanks|Hugues Le Roux
British Dictionary definitions for ephebe
/ (ɪˈfiːb, ˈɛfiːb) /
(in ancient Greece) a youth about to enter full citizenship, esp one undergoing military training
Derived forms of ephebeephebic, adjective
Word Origin for ephebe
C19: from Latin ephēbus, from Greek ephēbos, from hēbē young manhood
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