phanariot

Phanariot

Pha*nar"i*ot\, n. Also Phanariote \Pha*nar"i*ote\ [NGr. ?, fr. Phanar. See Phanar.] One of the Greeks of Constantinople who after the Turkish conquest became powerful in clerical and other offices under Turkish patronage.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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