[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. licking,
  2. licking river,
  3. lickspittle,
  4. licorice,
  5. licorice stick,
  6. lictorian,
  7. lid,
  8. lidar,
  9. lidded,
  10. liddel hart

Origin of lictor

1580–90; < Latin; compare Middle English littoures

Related formslic·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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Word Origin and History for lictor



late 14c., from Latin lictor, literally "binder," from past participle stem of *ligere "to bind, collect," collateral form of ligare (see ligament).

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