eunuch

[ yoo-nuh k ]
/ ˈyu nək /
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noun

a castrated man, especially one formerly employed by rulers in the Middle East and Asia as a harem guard or palace official.

Nearby words

  1. eumetria,
  2. eumung,
  3. eumycota,
  4. eunice,
  5. eunomia,
  6. eunuchism,
  7. eunuchize,
  8. eunuchoid,
  9. eunuchoid gigantism,
  10. eunuchoidism

Origin of eunuch

1350–1400; Middle English eunuk < Latin eunūchus < Greek eunoûchos eunuch, chamberlain, equivalent to eune-, stem of eunḗ bed, place of sleeping + -ochos keeping (akin to échein to hold

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British Dictionary definitions for eunuch

eunuch

/ (ˈjuːnək) /

noun

a man who has been castrated, esp (formerly) for some office such as a guard in a harem
informal an ineffective mana political eunuch

Word Origin for eunuch

C15: via Latin from Greek eunoukhos attendant of the bedchamber, from eunē bed + ekhein to have, keep

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Word Origin and History for eunuch

eunuch

n.
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Medicine definitions for eunuch

eunuch

[ yōōnək ]

n.

A man or boy whose testes have been removed or have never developed.

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