pl. -·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 ephor&amacron;n, to oversee : ep-, epi-, epi- + hor&amacron;n, 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”).