[ kwi-rahy-teez, -ree- ]

plural noun
  1. the citizens of ancient Rome considered in their civil capacity.

Origin of Quirites

<Latin Quirītēs, plural of Quirīs, associated, perhaps by folk etymology, with Cures, a Sabine town

Words Nearby Quirites

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How to use Quirites in a sentence

  • Whoever calls the Quirites to arms, thought Vinicius, will overthrow Nero undoubtedly, and clothe himself in purple.

  • At a much later date the Roman citizens in the popular assembly were still addressed as Quirites.

    Woman and Socialism | August Bebel
  • Etenim, Quirites, exiguum nobis vitæ curriculum natura circumscripsit, immensum gloriæ.

    Eulogy on Chief-Justice Chase | William M. Evarts
  • The city being thus doubled, that some compliment might be paid to the Sabines, they were called Quirites, from Cures.

  • The owner said, in the presence of a magistrate, "I will that this man be free, after the manner of the Quirites."

    Folkways | William Graham Sumner

British Dictionary definitions for Quirites


/ (kwɪˈraɪtiːz) /

pl n
  1. the citizens of ancient Rome

Origin of Quirites

from Latin: inhabitants of Cures, later applied generally to Roman citizens

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