Definition of vicus in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪkəs
, ˈviːkəs/

noun (plural vici /ˈvʌɪkiː, ˈviːkiː/)

  • 1The smallest unit of ancient Roman municipal administration, consisting of a village or part of a town.
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    • 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.


Latin, literally 'group of dwellings'.

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