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  • pharao (the supreme ruler of ancient Egypt)
  • Pharaoh (the supreme ruler of ancient Egypt)


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).


  • IPA(key): /ˈfæɹəʊ/, /ˈfeɪ.ɹəʊ/, /ˈfɛːɹəʊ/
  • Homophones: faro, Faroe


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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