[ soh-fee, sof-ee ]
/ ˈsoʊ fi, ˈsɒf i /

noun, plural So·phies. (sometimes lowercase)

any of the Safavid rulers of Persia: used as a title.
Also Sophi.

Origin of Sophy

1530–40; probably < Turkish sofi < Persian ṣūfī sufi, by association with Safawī the safavid dynasty

Definition for sophy (2 of 2)


a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek (philosophy; theosophy); on this model used, with the meaning “science of,” in the formation of compound words: anthroposophy.

Origin of -sophy

< Greek -sophia, combining form of sophía skill, wisdom; see -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sophy (1 of 2)



/ (ˈsəʊfɪ) /

noun plural -phies

(formerly) a title of the Persian monarchs

Word Origin for Sophy

C16: from Latin sophī wise men, from Greek sophos wise

British Dictionary definitions for sophy (2 of 2)


n combining form

indicating knowledge or an intellectual systemphilosophy; theosophy

Derived forms of -sophy

-sophic or -sophical, adj combining form

Word Origin for -sophy

from Greek -sophia, from sophia wisdom, from sophos wise
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