[ fas-eez ]

noun(usually used with a singular verb)
  1. a bundle of rods containing an ax with the blade projecting, borne before Roman magistrates as an emblem of official power.

Origin of fasces

1590–1600; <Latin, plural of fascis bundle, pack

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British Dictionary definitions for fasces


/ (ˈfæsiːz) /

pl nsingular -cis (-sɪs)
  1. (in ancient Rome) one or more bundles of rods containing an axe with its blade protruding; a symbol of a magistrate's power

  2. (in modern Italy) such an object used as the symbol of Fascism

Origin of fasces

C16: from Latin, plural of fascis bundle

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