from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Used as a title of respect for men in Turkey, equivalent to sir.
- n. An educated or respected man in the Near East.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An educated or well-respected man in an eastern Mediterranean or Arab country; often used as a title of respect or courtesy in Turkey or a former Ottoman territory.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Master; sir; -- a Turkish title of respect, applied esp. to a state official or man of learning, as one learned in the law, but often simply as the courtesy title of a gentleman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A title of respect given to gentlemen in Turkey, equivalent to Mr. or sir, following the name when used with one.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a former Turkish term of respect; especially for government officials
Then the mayor turned as pale as a man of his complexion can turn and blurted, "But, effendi, that is not possible."
I HAD the advantage of lodging three weeks at Belgrade, with a principal effendi, that is to say a scholar.
Much of what land as was privately owned by Arabs prior to 1948 was included in vast latifundia owned by a few dozen wealthy "effendi" (aristocratic) families, some of whom did not even live in Palestine.
Turkish muslim women address males with 'effendi' (my lord), something that should give you a bit of a pause for thought, because much of what makes a muslim marriage is also a basic element in strict S&M lifestyle couples, with the difference that you have two (or more) mature adults consenting in the latter and that there is no social network that regards such archaic ways of living as 'normal'.
Mehmet Murat Somer: Well, thank you, but that "effendi" addressing sounds a bit out of fashion, left in the 1920's.
I'll be interested in the first Muslim comment. effendi says ...
But then -- and I'm gonna get gutted here, effendi -- Will Eisner defaulted endlessly into subpar schmaltz in nearly everything he created, and Jack Kirby couldn't script a credible human being to save his life.
In all parts of the country the effendi class has been evacuating in large numbers over a considerable period and the tempo is increasing.
And you who bear authority over these benighted people, whether under the name of pasha, effendi, or mollah, let me advise you, although an unpromising subject for advice, not to act the stupid as well as barbarous part of riveting your nations in chains.
It's like, "please pass the mash potatoes, and no sodomy, effendi," and then my aunt gives me this weird look, and the table gets quiet for a few seconds.