ephebe

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Etymology[edit]

Via Latin ephēbus, from Ancient Greek ἔφηβος(éphēbos, adolescent), from ἐπί(epí, early) +‎ ἥβη(hḗbē, manhood), late 19th c.

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ephebe ‎(plural ephebes or ephebi)

  1. (historical) A 18-20 year old man in ancient Greece undergoing military training.
  2. (by extension) A young man; a youth.
    • 1922, James Joyce, “9”, in Ulysses, page 190:
      His glance touched their faces lightly as he smiled, a blond ephebe. Tame essence of Wilde.
    • 1993, Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford:
      Indeed Tom was much still the ephebe, sharing boys with his friend though talking of the gravity of marriage.

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ephēbe m

  1. vocative singular of ephēbus