praetorian

[pree-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr-]
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noun
  1. a person having the rank of praetor or ex-praetor.
  2. (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

praetorian

pretorian

adjective
  1. of or relating to a praetor
noun
  1. a person holding praetorian rank; a praetor or ex-praetor

Praetorian

Pretorian

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Praetorian Guard
  2. (sometimes not capital) resembling the Praetorian Guard, esp with regard to corruption
noun
  1. 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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