decemvir


de·cem·vir

noun \di-ˈsem-vər\

Definition of DECEMVIR

:  one of a ruling body of 10; specifically :  one of a body of 10 magistrates in ancient Rome
de·cem·vi·ral \-vər-əl\ adjective
de·cem·vi·rate \-vər-ət\ noun

Origin of DECEMVIR

Middle English, from Latin, back-formation from decemviri, plural, from decem + viri, plural of vir man — more at virile
First Known Use: 15th century

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