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ephebe

[ ih-feeb, ef-eeb ]

noun

  1. a young man, especially an ephebus.


ephebe

/ ˈɛfiːb; ɪˈfiːb /

noun

  1. (in ancient Greece) a youth about to enter full citizenship, esp one undergoing military training


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Derived Forms

  • eˈphebic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • e·phebic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ephebe1

1690–1700; < Latin ephēbus < Greek éphēbos, equivalent to ep- ep- + -hēbos, derivative of hḗbē manhood

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ephebe1

C19: from Latin ephēbus, from Greek ephēbos, from hēbē young manhood

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Example Sentences

His glance touched their faces lightly as he smiled, a blond ephebe.

The Greek youth became enamoured of the ephebe in the gymnasium, where they appeared nude and beautiful.

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