[ ef-od, ee-fod ]
/ ˈɛf ɒd, ˈi fɒd /

noun Judaism.

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.

Origin of ephod

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin < Hebrew ēphōd, apparently meaning “idol” in some passages
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/ (ˈiːfɒd) /


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

Word Origin for ephod

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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