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ˈfɛər ɒspharos

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beacon, lighthouse, beacon light, pharosnoun

    a tower with a light that gives warning of shoals to passing ships

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pharos, Pharenoun

    A light-house; a lantern from the shore to direct sailors.

    Etymology: from pharos in Egypt.

    He augmented and repaired the port of Ostia, built a pharos or light-house. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. pharos

    The Lighthouse of Alexandria, sometimes called the Pharos of Alexandria (; Ancient Greek: ὁ Φάρος τῆς Ἀλεξανδρείας, contemporary Koine Greek pronunciation: [ho pʰá.ros tɛ̂ːs a.lek.sandrěːaːs]), was a lighthouse built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus (280–247 BC). It has been estimated to have been at least 100 metres (330 ft) in overall height. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, for many centuries it was one of the tallest man-made structures in the world. The lighthouse was severely damaged by three earthquakes between 956 and 1323 AD and became an abandoned ruin. It was the third-longest surviving ancient wonder (after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus and the extant Great Pyramid of Giza), surviving in part until 1480, when the last of its remnant stones were used to build the Citadel of Qaitbay on the site. In 1994, a team of French archaeologists dove into the water of Alexandria's Eastern Harbour and discovered some remains of the lighthouse on the sea floor. In 2016 the Ministry of State of Antiquities in Egypt had plans to turn submerged ruins of ancient Alexandria, including those of the Pharos, into an underwater museum.


  1. pharos

    A Pharos is a lighthouse or beacon to guide sailors, specifically referring to the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The term has also been used metaphorically to describe something that serves as a guide or offers illumination.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pharosnoun

    a lighthouse or beacon for the guidance of seamen

  2. Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. fa`ros, fr. Fa`ros an island in the Bay of Alexandria, where king Ptolemy Philadelphus built a famous lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.]


  1. Pharos

    Pharos is an album by the experimental ambient group Seti, which was released in 1995.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pharos

    fā′ros, n. a lighthouse or beacon, so named from the famous lighthouse on the island of Pharos in the Bay of Alexandria.—n. Pharol′ogy, the art or science of directing the course of ships by means of light-signals from the shore.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Pharos

    an island of ancient Egypt, near Alexandria, on which the first lighthouse was erected by Ptolemy Philadelphus in 48 B.C.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pharos

    A lighthouse; a watch-tower.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pharos in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pharos in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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