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vicus

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Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪkəs
 
, ˈviːkəs/

Definition of vicus in English:

noun (plural vici /ˈvʌɪkiː, ˈviːkiː/)

1The smallest unit of ancient Roman municipal administration, consisting of a village or part of a town.
Example sentences
  • Life for the ordinary people of the vicus or village seemed a little more interesting than that of the upper classes, but it remained harsh and unforgiving.
  • However, to complicate matters, ‘wich ‘in some instances may derive from the Latin vicus, which was used broadly for dwellings, farms, hamlets, or subsidiary settlements.’
  • Similar stakeholes were found near Wallsend, surrounding the vicus enclosure outside the Roman fort.
1.1A medieval European township.

Origin

Latin, literally 'group of dwellings'.

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