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[ih-feeb, ef-eeb]
  1. 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
Related formse·phe·bic, adjective
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Historical Examples of 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


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

Word Origin for ephebe

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