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[fair-os] /ˈfɛər ɒs/
a small peninsula in N Egypt, near Alexandria: site of ancient lighthouse built by Ptolemy.
the lighthouse on this peninsula.
any lighthouse or beacon to direct sailors. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I turned from her to Pharos, and found him still seated in his chair with his eyes fixed steadfastly upon me.

    Pharos, The Egyptian Guy Newell Boothby
  • Phare is from the island of Pharos where there was a famous lighthouse.

  • The tower was named Pharos, which is the origin of the term "pharology" applied to the science of lighthouse construction.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • Something was wrong, Pharos confessed ruefully—what could it be?

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • Before the beacon was built, the men lived in the Pharos floating light; a vessel which was moored not far from the Rock.

  • This "Pharos" was in height 450 feet, and could be seen at a distance of 100 miles.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • Dimly the sky-line was visible; by the Pharos and its mole loomed the vague tracery of masts.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • The furnace blazing on the summit of the tower of Pharos died down with the moon.

    Ancient Manners Pierre Louys
  • And there the wells still remain, a standing example, a Pharos to enlighten the world.

  • Could Pharos, after disposing of me as he had done, have stolen it and transported it away?

    Pharos, The Egyptian Guy Newell Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for Pharos


a large Hellenistic lighthouse built on an island off Alexandria in Egypt in about 280 bc and destroyed by an earthquake in the 14th century: usually included among the Seven Wonders of the World
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Pharos

as a word for a lighthouse, 1550s, in reference to the island of Pharos off the coast of Alexandria, on which Ptolemy Philadelphius built a mighty lighthouse.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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