ephebe

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via Latin, from Greek εφηβος (επι- + ήβη ‘early manhood’).

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ephebe (plural ephebes or ephebi)

  1. A young man, especially an 18-20 year old in ancient Greece undergoing military training.
    • 1922, His glance touched their faces lightly as he smiled, a blond ephebe. — James Joyce, Ulysses
    • 1993, Indeed Tom was much still the ephebe, sharing boys with his friend though talking of the gravity of marriage — Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford

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Noun[edit]

ephēbe m

  1. vocative singular of ephēbus