Definition of aedile in English:

aedile

Line breaks: ae¦dile
Pronunciation: /ˈiːdʌɪl
 
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noun

Roman History
  • Either of two (later four) Roman magistrates responsible for public buildings and originally also for the public games and the supply of corn to the city.
    More example sentences
    • He spent enormous amounts of money buying influence, including giving public games as aedile that eclipsed anything that had gone before.
    • Once again, elections were held for aedile, praetor, quaestor and the other traditional offices of the Republic.
    • Normally games were the property of aediles, who spent enormous sums to make sure they would be remembered.

Derivatives

aedileship

noun
More example sentences
  • Until the 2nd century BC, the curule aedileships rotated on a yearly basis between patricians and plebeians.
  • Mamercus was a very wealthy man, and his refusal of the aedileship was the cause of his defeat for the consulship.
  • During the elections for the aedileships a fight broke out and numbers of people were killed.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Latin aedilis 'concerned with buildings', from aedes 'building'.

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