- one of a board of magistrates in charge of public buildings, streets, markets, games, etc.
Origin of aedile
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Agrippa, in that year when he was edile, put the last hand to the magnificence of these works.The Book of Curiosities
From the edile could be obtained the Licentia stupri, the right to the antique livery of shame.
Neither priest nor edile would they encounter until their return to the same church-tower.
He soon after held the important offices of tribune, quæstor, and edile.Elements of Military Art and Science
Henry Wager Halleck
- a variant spelling of aedile
sometimes US edile
- a magistrate of ancient Rome in charge of public works, games, buildings, and roads
C16: from Latin aedīlis concerned with buildings, from aedēs a building
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