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From Ancient Greek ἐρώμενος ‎(erṓmenos, beloved), from ἐράω ‎(eráō, be in love with).


  • IPA(key): /ɛˈrəʊmɛnɒs/


eromenos ‎(plural eromenoi)

  1. (historical, Greek history) An adolescent boy who was courted by an older man, or was in an erotic relationship with him.
    • 1996, William Armstrong Percy III, Pederasty and Pedagogy in Archaic Greece, University of Illinois Press (1998), ISBN 0-252-02209-2, page 1:
      In his early twenties the young aristocratic lover (erastes) took a teen-aged youth, the eromenos or beloved, to bond with and train before going on at about age thirty to matrimony and fatherhood.

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