[ ih-feeb, ef-eeb ]
/ ɪˈfib, ˈɛf ib /


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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British Dictionary definitions for ephebic


/ (ɪˈfiːb, ˈɛfiːb) /


(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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Word Origin and History for ephebic



1880 (the noun, ephebe, is attested from 1690s), from Greek ephebos "of age 18-20," from epi "upon" (see epi-) + hebe "early manhood," from PIE *yegw-a- "power, youth, strength." In classical Athens, a youth of 18 underwent his dokimasia, had his hair cut off, and was enrolled as a citizen. His chief occupation for the next two years was garrison duty.

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Medicine definitions for ephebic


[ ĭ-fēbĭk ]


Of or relating to the period of puberty or adolescence.

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