nounpl. -·ors· or -·ori·
in ancient Sparta, any of a body of five magistrates annually elected by the people of Sparta
Origin of ephorClassical Latin ephorus from Classical Greek ephoros, overseer from ephoran from epi-, over + horan, to see from Indo-European an unverified form woros, attentive from base an unverified form wer-, to heed from source warn
nounpl. eph·ors, or eph·o·ri
One of five elected magistrates exercising a supervisory power over the kings of Sparta.
Origin of ephorLatin ephorus from Greek ephoros from ephorān to oversee ep-, epi- epi- horān to see ; see wer-3 in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek ἔφορος (ephoros, “overseer”) (< Homeric ἐπίουρος (epiouros)), from ἐπί (epi, “over”) + ὁράω (oraō, “look”).