Definition of oppidum in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒpɪdəm/

noun (plural oppida)

An ancient Celtic fortified town, especially one under Roman rule.
Example sentences
  • A major Celtic oppidum identified as the ancient site of Bibracte near Bourges in central France.
  • Coins came into use, again following Mediterranean practices, and large settlements known as oppida developed as centres for trade and commerce in the years leading up to the conquest.
  • He discusses socio-economic effects, such as the decline of the oppida, as well as the complex issues of identity and perception which arose as a result of Roman rule.


Latin, 'town'.

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