- a book of the New Testament, written by Paul. Abbreviation: Eph., Ephes., Ephs.
- of or relating to Ephesus.
- a native or inhabitant of Ephesus.
Origin of Ephesian
1350–1400; Middle English Effesian < Latin Ephesi(us) (< Greek Ephésios) + -an
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Examples from the Web for ephesians
Take the two prayers in Ephesians—the one for light, the other for strength.The Ministry of Intercession
Were not the Ephesians originally Athenians, and Ephesus is no mean city?Ion
How did Apollonius of Tyana persuade the Ephesians to kill a man, who really was only a dog?The Phantom World
On this spot the Ephesians erected a trophy, and another at Coressus.Hellenica
Why, you might as safely venture to adore Diana of the Ephesians!The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
- (functioning as singular) a book of the New Testament (in full The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians), containing an exposition of the divine plan for the world and the consummation of this in Christ
- of or relating to Ephesus
- an inhabitant or native of Ephesus
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Word Origin and History for ephesians
New Testament epistle, late 14c., addressed to Christian residents of the Greek city of Ephesus, in what is now western Turkey.
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