fasces


fas·ces

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˈfas-ˌēz\

Definition of FASCES

:  a bundle of rods and among them an ax with projecting blade borne before ancient Roman magistrates as a badge of authority

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Origin of FASCES

Latin, from plural of fascis bundle; akin to Latin fascia
First Known Use: 1598

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