decurion

[ dih-kyoo r-ee-uh n ]
/ dɪˈkyʊər i ən /
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noun Roman History.

the head of a decury.
a member of the senate of an ancient Roman colony or municipality.

Nearby words

  1. deculturate,
  2. deculture,
  3. decuman,
  4. decumbent,
  5. decuple,
  6. decurrent,
  7. decurrently,
  8. decurved,
  9. decury,
  10. decussate

Origin of decurion

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin decuriōn- (stem of decuriō), equivalent to decuri(a) a division of ten (dec(em) ten + -uria -ure) + -iōn- -ion

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British Dictionary definitions for decurion

decurion

/ (dɪˈkjʊərɪən) /

noun (in the Roman Empire)

a local councillor
the commander of a troop of ten cavalrymen

Word Origin for decurion

C14: from Latin decuriō, from decuria company of ten, from decem ten

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