Definition of ephod in US English:



  • (in ancient Israel) a sleeveless garment worn by Jewish priests.

    • ‘And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five persons that did wear a linen ephod.’
    • ‘Samuel is portrayed as an excellent servant who ‘was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod’.’
    • ‘Like the jewels in the ephod and the breastplate, we are precious in the eyes of God the Father and of God the Son.’


Late Middle English: from Hebrew 'ēp̱ōḏ.