- a member of a permanent board or a special commission of ten members in ancient Rome, especially the commission that drew up Rome's first code of law.
- a member of any council or ruling body of ten.
Origin of decemvir
1570–80; < Latin, orig. plural decemvirī, equivalent to decem ten + virī men
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Examples from the Web for decemvir
Decemvir Appius takes a violent fancy to her,—must have her at any rate.The Professor at the Breakfast Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
Here is the Roman Lucillus, formerly a Decemvir, who has been banished.Historical Miniatures
I intend to write about the crime of Appius Claudius, the Decemvir.Selections from Viri Romae
Charles Franois L'Homond
The maiden had attracted the notice of the Decemvir Appius Claudius.A Smaller History of Rome
William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Appius Claudius, the decemvir, saw her and lusted to make her his own.
- (in ancient Rome) a member of a board of ten magistrates, esp either of the two commissions established in 451 and 450 bc to revise the laws
- a member of any governing body composed of ten men
C17: from Latin, from decem ten + virī men
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