pharaoh

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From Middle English pharao, from Old English, from Late Latin pharaō, from Ancient Greek φαραώ (pharaṓ), from Hebrew פַּרְעֹה (par‘ōh), from Egyptian pr ˤ3 (palace, pharaoh), literally pr (house) + ˤ3 (great, big).

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pharaoh (plural pharaohs)

  1. The supreme ruler of ancient Egypt; a formal address for the sovereign seat of power as personified by the 'king' in an institutional role of Horus son of Osiris; often used by metonymy for Ancient Egyptian sovereignty
  2. (uncountable) The card game faro.
    • 1945, Robert Hardy Andrews, Burning gold
      "I pray, when I play pharaoh at White's, that the cards fall as they have come to my hand in this large gamble," Anstis said.

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