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[ef-od, ee-fod]
noun Judaism.
  1. a richly embroidered, apronlike vestment having two shoulder straps and ornamental attachments for securing the breastplate, worn with a waistband by the high priest. Ex. 28:6, 7, 25–28.
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Origin of ephod

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin < Hebrew ēphōd, apparently meaning “idol” in some passages
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Examples from the Web for ephod

Historical Examples

  • The "robe of the ephod" was woven in one piece, and all of blue.

    The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Leviticus

    S H Kellogg

  • The Ephod, of which we hear so often, was evidently at one time an idol.

  • So it was with Gideon's ephod or image, which was however used in seeking oracles.

    Judges and Ruth

    Robert A. Watson

  • For the expression is used that all Israel went a whoring after the ephod.

    Judges and Ruth

    Robert A. Watson

  • Bock does not give his authority for the pattern on the ephod.

    Needlework As Art

    Marian Alford

British Dictionary definitions for ephod


  1. Old Testament an embroidered vestment believed to resemble an apron with shoulder straps, worn by priests in ancient Israel
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Word Origin

C14: from Hebrew ēphōdh
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Word Origin and History for ephod


Hebrew ephod, from aphad "to put on."

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