- of or relating to a praetor.
- (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to the Praetorian Guard.
- a person having the rank of praetor or ex-praetor.
- (often initial capital letter) a soldier of the Praetorian Guard.
Origin of praetorian
Related Wordsmiscreant, evil, mercenary, low, degenerate, profligate, abandoned, baneful, boorish, degraded, deleterious, depraved, dissolute, flagitious, infamous, loose, monstrous, nefarious, perverse, rotten
Examples from the Web for praetorian
Abdullah has spent his life building this Praetorian elite force.Revolution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?
January 20, 2013
But the praetorian guard, faithful to me, was unable to make headway."Unto Caesar"
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
On the threshold he was met by Martialis, the praetorian centurion.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete
But while they deliberated, the praetorian guards had resolved.
The Praetorian guards were attached to the youth of Alexander.
They, with the Praetorian cavalry, formed the imperial guard and body-guard.Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2
- of or relating to a praetor
- a person holding praetorian rank; a praetor or ex-praetor
- of or relating to the Praetorian Guard
- (sometimes not capital) resembling the Praetorian Guard, esp with regard to corruption
- a member of the Praetorian Guard
Word Origin and History for praetorian
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."