praetorian

[ pree-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr- ]
/ priˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr- /

adjective

of or relating to a praetor.
(often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to the Praetorian Guard.

noun

a person having the rank of praetor or ex-praetor.
(often initial capital letter) a soldier of the Praetorian Guard.

Origin of praetorian

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word praetōriānus. See praetor, -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for praetorian (1 of 2)

praetorian

pretorian

/ (priːˈtɔːrɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to a praetor

noun

a person holding praetorian rank; a praetor or ex-praetor

British Dictionary definitions for praetorian (2 of 2)

Praetorian

Pretorian

/ (priːˈtɔːrɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to the Praetorian Guard
(sometimes not capital) resembling the Praetorian Guard, esp with regard to corruption

noun

a member of the Praetorian Guard
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Word Origin and History for praetorian

Praetorian


adj.

early 15c., from Latin praetorianus "belonging to a praetor," from praetor (see praetor). Praetorian Guard is from cohors praetoria, the bodyguard troop of a Roman commander or emperor. Hence modern figurative use for "defenders of an existing order."

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