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[ee-dahyl] /ˈi daɪl/
noun, Roman History.
one of a board of magistrates in charge of public buildings, streets, markets, games, etc.
Origin of aedile
1570-80; < Latin aedīlis, equivalent to aedi- (stem of aedēs; see aedicule) + -īlis -ile
Related forms
aedileship, noun
[eed-l-ish-uh n] /ˌid lˈɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for aedile
Historical Examples
  • Agrippa, when aedile of Rome, banished all such terrible citizens.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • But a rich man—it is the duty of an aedile to protect the rich!'

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • With regard to the other aedile, likewise, an order of the commons was made.

  • In the house of the aedile—so called from the fact that 'Pansam Aed.'

  • At one corner of the centre table was placed the aedile; at the opposite corner, the Roman senator—these were the posts of honour.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • The widow Fulvia and the spouse of the aedile were engaged in high and grave discussion.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • In vain did the aedile command—in vain did the praetor lift his voice and proclaim the law.

    The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  • He had previously made himself very popular as aedile, and was unanimously elected to the command.

  • Why do we have to put up with an aedile here, who's not worth three Caunian figs and who thinks more of an as than of our lives?

    The Satyricon, Complete Petronius Arbiter
  • The tribunes proposed to the commons, and the commons ordered that this should be as if the aedile himself had sworn.

British Dictionary definitions for aedile


a magistrate of ancient Rome in charge of public works, games, buildings, and roads
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aedīlis concerned with buildings, from aedēs a building
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