pretor

[ pree-ter ]
/ ˈpri tər /

noun

Definition for pretor (2 of 2)

praetor

or pre·tor

[ pree-ter ]
/ ˈpri tər /

noun

(in the ancient Roman republic) one of a number of elected magistrates charged chiefly with the administration of civil justice and ranking next below a consul.

Origin of praetor

1375–1425; late Middle English pretor < Latin praetor, for *praeitor leader, literally, one going before, equivalent to *praei-, variant stem of praeīre to go before, lead (prae- prae- + -i-, base of īre to go) + -tor -tor

Related forms

prae·to·ri·al [pree-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /priˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pretor (1 of 2)

pretor

/ (ˈpriːtə) /

noun

a variant spelling of praetor

British Dictionary definitions for pretor (2 of 2)

praetor

pretor

/ (ˈpriːtə, -tɔː) /

noun

(in ancient Rome) any of several senior magistrates ranking just below the consuls

Derived Forms

praetorial or pretorial, adjectivepraetorship or pretorship, noun

Word Origin for praetor

C15: from Latin: one who leads the way, probably from praeīre, from prae- before + īre to go
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