What Does Effendi Mean?


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The word "effendi" was used predominantly in Turkey. It was a word used as a title showing respect to another. It was loosely equivalent to the word "sir" in English. It was used as a title particularly for one in the near East who was respected generally or educationally distinct. The word "effendi" can be traced to the Turkish word "efendi", taken from the Medieval Greek word "aphentes" meaning master and derived from the Greek word "authentes".

Though "effendi" is more so associated with Turkey it is also found used in South East Asia. Most notably in Moslem Malaysia and Indonesia it is used as a name that in Arabic means "successful person". Effendi was also used by the British to refer to a warrant officer. It was the highest rank in the King's African Rifles that a Black African could possibly achieve.

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