effendi

effendi

[ih-fen-dee]
noun, plural effendis.
1.
a former Turkish title of respect, especially for government officials.
2.
(in eastern Mediterranean countries) a man who is a member of the aristocracy.

Origin:
1605–15; < Turkish efendi < Modern Greek, Greek authentḗs doer, master. See authentic

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effendi (ɛˈfɛndɪ)
 
n , pl -dis
1.  (in the Ottoman Empire) a title of respect used to address men of learning or social standing
2.  (in Turkey since 1934) the oral title of address equivalent to Mr
 
[C17: from Turkish efendi master, from Modern Greek aphentēs, from Greek authentēs lord, doer; see authentic]

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effendi
1614, from Turk. efendi, title of respect applied to professionals and officials, corruption of Gk. authentes "lord, master" (in Modern Gk. aphente).
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