Definition of effendi in English:

effendi

noun

  • 1A man of high education or social standing in an eastern Mediterranean or Arab country.

    • ‘Thanks to the Jewish settlers, land values had increased, benefiting the effendi enormously.’
    1. 1.1historical A title of respect or courtesy in Turkey.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Turkish efendi, from modern Greek aphentēs, from Greek authentēs ‘lord, master’.

Pronunciation

effendi

/ɛˈfɛndi/