Phanariot

[fə'narɪət]
noun a Greek official in Constantinople under the Ottoman Empire.
Origin
from mod. Gk phanariōtēs, from Phanar, Greek quarter of Istanbul, from Gk phanarion 'lighthouse' (one being situated in this area).

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