ephebe

[ ih-feeb, ef-eeb ]
/ ɪˈfib, ˈɛf ib /
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noun

a young man, especially an ephebus.

Nearby words

  1. epg,
  2. eph-,
  3. eph.,
  4. ephah,
  5. ephapse,
  6. ephebiatrics,
  7. ephebic,
  8. ephebus,
  9. ephedra,
  10. ephedrine

Origin of ephebe

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

Related formse·phe·bic, adjective

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Examples from the Web for ephebe

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



British Dictionary definitions for ephebe

ephebe

/ (ɪˈfiːb, ˈɛfiːb) /

noun

(in ancient Greece) a youth about to enter full citizenship, esp one undergoing military training
Derived Formsephebic, adjective

Word Origin for ephebe

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

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