[ lik-ter ]
/ ˈlɪk tər /


(in ancient Rome) one of a body of attendants on chief magistrates, who preceded them carrying the fasces and whose duties included executing the sentences of criminals.

Origin of lictor

1580–90; < Latin; compare Middle English littoures

Related forms

lic·to·ri·an [lik-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-] /lɪkˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lictor


/ (ˈlɪktə) /


one of a group of ancient Roman officials, usually bearing fasces, who attended magistrates, etc

Word Origin for lictor

C16 lictor, C14 littour, from Latin ligāre to bind
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