[ ih-feeb, ef-eeb ]
/ ɪˈfib, ˈɛf ib /


a young man, especially an ephebus.

Origin of ephebe

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

Related forms

e·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


/ (ɪˈfiːb, ˈɛfiːb) /


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

Derived Forms

ephebic, adjective

Word Origin for ephebe

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