[fley-muh n, -men]

noun, plural fla·mens, fla·mi·nes [flam-uh-neez] /ˈflæm əˌniz/.

(in ancient Rome) a priest.

Origin of flamen

1300–50; < Latin flamen (perhaps earlier *flādmen; akin to Old English blōtan to sacrifice); replacing Middle English flamin < Latin flāmin- (stem of flāmen)
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noun plural flamens or flamines (ˈflæmɪˌniːz)

(in ancient Rome) any of 15 priests who each served a particular deity

Word Origin for flamen

C14: from Latin; probably related to Old English blōtan to sacrifice, Gothic blotan to worship
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Word Origin and History for flamen

"ancient Roman priest," 1530s, from Latin flamen, of unknown origin, perhaps from PIE root *bhlad- "to worship" (cf. Gothic blotan, Old English blotan "to sacrifice"). Also used from early 14c. in reference to the ancient pre-Christian British priests, in imitation of Geoffrey of Monmouth.

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