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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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Examples from the Web for ephebic

Historical Examples

  • For children and youths under the ephebic age there was no practical regulation of schools or palaestra by the state.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10


British Dictionary definitions for ephebic


  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

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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ephebic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the period of puberty or adolescence.
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