Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A king of ancient Egypt.
  • n. A tyrant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Any specific pharaoh.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A title by which the sovereigns of ancient Egypt were designated.
  • n. See Faro.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A title given by the Hebrews to the ancient kings of Egypt; hence, an Egyptian sovereign.
  • n. [lowercase] A corrupt form faro.
  • n. [lowercase] A very strong ale or beer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the title of the ancient Egyptian kings

Etymologies

Middle English Pharao, from Late Latin Pharaō, from Greek, from Hebrew par'ō, from Egyptian pr-'' : pr, house + '', great.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Banneker told him the word Pharaoh meant “Star Child” or “Children of the Stars.”

    The Atlantis Prophecy

  • First acting as regent for her young nephew Thutmose III, in 1473 BCE she assumed the title Pharaoh and exercised the full powers of the throne as senior co-ruler, reestablishing trade networks and undertaking such colossal building projects as her mortuary temple complex at Deir el-Bahri.

    Yale Press Log:

  • I imagine that the term Pharaoh itself is compounded of Phi-Ourah, Vox Ori, sive Dei.

    A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume I.

  • -- The first mention in the Bible of a proper name with the title Pharaoh is the case of Pharaoh-necho, who is also called Necho simply.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • Also in this issue, the “Wounded Man” who looks like a creepy mummified Pharaoh is talking riddles and throwing people around.

    Comic Review: The Anchor #4 | Fandomania

  • I'm not sure what he thought of this curious fellow trailing him through Buffalo Billiards but I wager he didn't expect me to question him about his portrayal of a magician in Pharaoh's Curse, an episode of the Twilight Zone.

    GreenCine Daily: Interview. Xander Berkeley.

  • The chiefs of their primary tribe, the Montauk Indians, were known as Pharaoh, like their ancient Egyptian cousins 10,000 years ago.

    The Atlantis Prophecy

  • The chiefs of their primary tribe, the Montauk Indians, were known as Pharaoh, like their ancient Egyptians cousins.

    The Atlantis Prophecy

  • The excavators at Lachish found in the destruction layer a metal fragment—probably a fitting for the main gate of the city— bearing the name of Pharaoh Ramesses III.

    The Bible Unearthed

  • Is it the purpose of God that one shall develop into a Moses and the other right at his side shall grow up into a miserable and distorted wreck that we call Pharaoh?

    Sermons on Biblical Characters

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