follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

ephor

[ef-awr, ef-er] /ˈɛf ɔr, ˈɛf ər/
noun, plural ephors, ephori
[ef-uh-rahy] /ˈɛf əˌraɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
one of a body of magistrates in various ancient Dorian states, especially at Sparta, where a body of five was elected annually by the people.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin ephorus < Greek éphoros overseer, guardian, ruler (Compare ephorân to look over, equivalent to ep- ep- + horân to see, look)
Related forms
ephoral, adjective
ephorate
[ef-uh-reyt, -er-it] /ˈɛf əˌreɪt, -ər ɪt/ (Show IPA),
ephoralty
[ef-er-uh l-tee] /ˈɛf ər əl ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for ephorate

ephor

/ˈɛfɔː/
noun (pl) -ors, -ori (-əˌraɪ)
1.
(in ancient Greece) one of a board of senior magistrates in any of several Dorian states, esp the five Spartan ephors, who were elected by vote of all full citizens and who wielded effective power
Derived Forms
ephoral, adjective
ephorate, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Greek ephoros, from ephoran to supervise, from epi- + horan to look
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for ephorate

ephor

n.

"Spartan magistrate," 1580s, from Greek ephoros "overseer," from epi- "over" (see epi-) + horan "to see" (see warrant (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for ephor

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for ephorate

13
13
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for ephorate