What does effendi mean?

Definitions for effendiɪˈfɛn di

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. effendi(noun)

    a former Turkish term of respect; especially for government officials


  1. effendi(Noun)

    An educated or well-respected man in an eastern Mediterranean or Arab country; often used as a title of respect or courtesy in Turkey or a former Ottoman territory.

  2. Origin: From efendi, from αφέντη, vocative of αφέντης, from αὐθέντης.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effendi(noun)

    master; sir; -- a title of a Turkish state official and man of learning, especially one learned in the law

  2. Origin: [Turk. efendi, fr. Modern Gr. , fr. Gr. a chief. See Authentic.]


  1. Effendi

    Effendi, Effendy or Efendi is a title of nobility meaning a lord or master. It is a title of respect or courtesy, equivalent to the English Sir, which was used in Ottoman Empire. It follows the personal name, when it is used, and is generally given to members of the learned professions and to government officials who have high ranks, such as bey or pasha. It may also indicate a definite office, as hekim efendi, chief physician to the sultan. The possessive form efendim is used by servants and in formal discourse. In the Ottoman era, the most common title affixed to a personal name after that of agha was efendi. Such a title would have indicated an "educated gentleman", hence by implication a graduate of a secular state school, even though at least some if not most of these efendis had once been religious students, or even religious teachers. The word itself is a adaption of the Medieval Greek afendēs, from ancient Greek authentēs, generally "doer, master".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Effendi

    ef-fen′di, n. a Turkish title for civil officials and educated persons generally. [Turk.; from Gr. authentēs, an absolute master.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Effendi

    a title of honour among the Turks, applied to State and civil officials, frequently associated with the name of the office, as well as to men of learning or high position.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of effendi in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of effendi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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