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ˈyu nəkeu·nuch

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. eunuch, castratenoun

    a man who has been castrated and is incapable of reproduction

    "eunuchs guarded the harem"

Wiktionary

  1. eunuchnoun

    A castrated human male.

    Etymology: Borrowed from eunuchus, originally from εὐνοῦχος, from εὐνή + ἔχω. Originally probably used to refer to a bed chamber attendant.

  2. eunuchnoun

    A sterilized human female (cf. The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer).

    Etymology: Borrowed from eunuchus, originally from εὐνοῦχος, from εὐνή + ἔχω. Originally probably used to refer to a bed chamber attendant.

  3. eunuchnoun

    Such a man employed as harem guard or in certain (mainly Eastern) monarchies (e.g. late Roman and Chinese Empires) as court or state officials.

    Etymology: Borrowed from eunuchus, originally from εὐνοῦχος, from εὐνή + ἔχω. Originally probably used to refer to a bed chamber attendant.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Eunuchnoun

    a male of the human species castrated; commonly, one of a class of such persons, in Oriental countries, having charge of the women's apartments. Some of them, in former times, gained high official rank

    Etymology: [L. eunuchus, Gr. , prop., keeping or guarding the couch; couch, bed, + to have, hold, keep.]

  2. Eunuchverb

    alt. of Eunuchate

    Etymology: [L. eunuchus, Gr. , prop., keeping or guarding the couch; couch, bed, + to have, hold, keep.]

Freebase

  1. Eunuch

    A eunuch is a man who may have been castrated, typically early enough in his life for this change to have major hormonal consequences. Less commonly, in translations of ancient texts, "eunuch" may refer to a man who is not castrated but who is impotent, celibate, or otherwise not inclined to marry and procreate. Most eunuchs who are castrated before puberty are not sexual. Castration was typically carried out on the soon-to-be eunuch without his consent in order that he might perform a specific social function; this was common in many societies. The earliest records for intentional castration to produce eunuchs are from the Sumerian city of Lagash in the 21st century BC. Over the millennia since, they have performed a wide variety of functions in many different cultures: courtiers or equivalent domestics, treble singers, religious specialists, government officials and guardians of women or harem servants. Eunuchs would probably be servants or slaves who, because of their function, had been castrated, usually in order to make them reliable servants of a royal court where physical access to the ruler could wield great influence. Seemingly lowly domestic functions—such as making the ruler's bed, bathing him, cutting his hair, carrying him in his litter, or even relaying messages—could in theory give a eunuch "the ruler's ear" and impart de facto power on the formally humble but trusted servant. Similar instances are reflected in the humble origins and etymology of many high offices. Eunuchs supposedly did not generally have loyalties to the military, the aristocracy, nor to a family of their own, and were thus seen as more trustworthy and less interested in establishing a private 'dynasty'. Because their condition usually lowered their social status, they could also be easily replaced or killed without repercussion. In cultures that had both harems and eunuchs, eunuchs were sometimes used as harem servants or seraglio guards.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Eunuch

    ū′nuk, n. a castrated man—often employed as chamberlain in the East.—v.t. Eu′nuchate.—n. Eu′nuchism, the state of being a eunuch. [Gr. eunouchoseunē, a couch, echein, to have charge of.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of eunuch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of eunuch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of eunuch in a Sentence

  1. John Updike:

    To say that war is madness is like saying that sex is madness: true enough, from the standpoint of a stateless eunuch, but merely a provocative epigram for those who must make their arrangements in the world as given.

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