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decurion

[dih-kyoo r-ee-uh n]
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noun Roman History.
  1. the head of a decury.
  2. a member of the senate of an ancient Roman colony or municipality.
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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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Examples from the Web for decurion

Historical Examples

  • At last he stirred slightly, and the decurion turned and looked down.

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne

  • Cicero said that it was easier to be a Senator at Rome than a decurion at Pompeii.

  • All this tends at least to prove that we should read "decurion" for "deacon" in the "Confession."

    Bolougne-Sur-Mer

    Reverend William Canon Fleming

  • The decurion was losing patience and the shepherd had grown more than ever serious.

    The City of Delight

    Elizabeth Miller

  • A decurion of ten policemen knows the whole street, a centurion a division of the city, the chief knows all the city.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest

    Alexander Glovatski


British Dictionary definitions for decurion

decurion

noun (in the Roman Empire)
  1. a local councillor
  2. the commander of a troop of ten cavalrymen
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Word Origin

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