πρέσβυς

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally "one who leads cattle" from Proto-Indo-European *pres ‎(before), extended form of *pre + *gʷōus ‎(cattle) (compare Sanskrit पुरोगव ‎(purogava, leader), from पुरस् ‎(puras, in front) गव ‎(gava, cow, cattle)).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

πρέσβυς ‎(présbusm

  1. elderly, aged
    1. (masculine substantive) old man
    2. (masculine substantive) elder, chief, prince
    3. (superlative) revered, honored
  2. ambassador
  3. (at Sparta) a political title, higher than γέρων ‎(gérōn, senator): chief, president
    • Inscriptiones Laconiae 1237, 1326
  4. a name of the τρόχιλος ‎(trókhilos, wren)
    1. a type of daw or chough

Usage notes[edit]

For the feminine, see πρέσβα ‎(présba), πρέσβειρα ‎(présbeira), πρεσβηίς ‎(presbēís).

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Greek[edit]

Noun[edit]

πρέσβυς ‎(présvysm ‎(plural πρέσβεις, feminine πρέσβειρα)

  1. Katharevousa form of πρέσβης ‎(présvis, ambassador)

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