or e·dile

[ ee-dahyl ]

nounRoman History.
  1. 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

Other words from aedile

  • ae·dile·ship, noun
  • ae·dil·i·tian [eed-l-ish-uhn], /ˌid lˈɪʃ ən/, adjective

Words Nearby aedile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use aedile in a sentence

  • In later times no one could be aedile till he had completed his thirty-sixth year.

    Selections from Viri Romae | Charles Franois L'Homond
  • The aedile had the charge of the public edifices of the city, and of the games spectacles, and shows which were exhibited in them.

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

    Historical Miniatures | August Strindberg
  • 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
  • During the reign of Commodus, Dio practised as an advocate at the Roman bar, and held the offices of aedile and quaestor.

British Dictionary definitions for aedile


sometimes US edile

/ (ˈiːdaɪl) /

  1. a magistrate of ancient Rome in charge of public works, games, buildings, and roads

Origin of aedile

C16: from Latin aedīlis concerned with buildings, from aedēs a building

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