or e·dile


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 formsae·dile·ship, nounae·dil·i·tian [eed-l-ish-uh n] /ˌid lˈɪʃ ən/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aedile

Historical Examples of aedile

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for aedile


sometimes US edile


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

Word Origin for aedile

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