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ephebe

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

e·phe·bic, adjective
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How to use ephebe in a sentence

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

    Ulysses|James Joyce
  • 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 forms of ephebe

ephebic, adjective

Word Origin for ephebe

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