pretor

[pree-ter]

praetor

or pre·tor

[pree-ter]
noun
  1. (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 formsprae·to·ri·al [pree-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /priˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pretor

pretor

noun
  1. a variant spelling of praetor

praetor

pretor

noun
  1. (in ancient Rome) any of several senior magistrates ranking just below the consuls
Derived Formspraetorial 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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Word Origin and History for pretor

praetor

n.

elected magistrate in ancient Rome (subordinate to consuls), early 15c., from Latin praetor "one who goes before;" originally "a consul as leader of an army," from prae "before" (see pre-) + root of ire "to go" (see ion).

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