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or edile

[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
  • During the reign of Commodus, Dio practised as an advocate at the Roman bar, and held the offices of aedile and quaestor.

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

  • Under praetorian stipulations we must include also those directed by the aedile, for these too are based upon jurisdiction.

    The Institutes of Justinian Caesar Flavius Justinian
  • 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
  • One side—the shortest—of it was occupied by the prefecture, in which the aedile and Quaestor lived.

    Historical Miniatures August Strindberg
  • 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 tribunes proposed to the commons, and the commons ordered that this should be as if the aedile himself had sworn.

  • 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
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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