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or e·dile

noun Roman History.
  1. one of a board of magistrates in charge of public buildings, streets, markets, games, etc.
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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
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Historical Examples of aedileship

  • On one occasion he united with his employees in favoring a candidate for the aedileship: Cn.

    Pompeii, Its Life and Art

    August Mau

  • This brought him into conflict with the aristocratic party, who prevented him from obtaining the aedileship.

  • Mamercus was a very wealthy man, and his refusal of the aedileship was the cause of his defeat for the consulship.

    De Officiis

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Plancius, accused of organizing clubs to secure by bribery his election to the aedileship.

British Dictionary definitions for aedileship


sometimes US edile

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

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