Definition of Phanariot in English:

Phanariot

noun

  • A Greek official in Constantinople under the Ottoman Empire.

    • ‘The Phanariots were the Christian educated and professional middle class or the bourgeoisie of the Ottoman world.’
    • ‘In the period before the Greek War of Independence, the most powerful group of Greeks were the Phanariots, consisting of a number of families whose members were closely involved with the Patriarchate of Constantinople.’

Origin

Modern Greek phanariōtēs, from Phanar, chief Greek quarter of Istanbul, from Greek phanarion lighthouse (one being situated in this area).

Pronunciation:

Phanariot

/fəˈnarɪət/