One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- 1.1historical A title of respect or courtesy in Turkey.
Early 17th century: from Turkish efendi, from modern Greek aphentēs, from Greek authentēs ‘lord, master’.
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