ae·​dile ˈē-ˌdī(-ə)l How to pronounce aedile (audio)
: an official in ancient Rome in charge of public works and games, police, and the grain supply

Examples of aedile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ferguson, whose title was aedile, was in charge of the markets and the slaves. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 10 June 2021 But Trump campaigned like a tribune, and Steve Bannon, his former ideologist, was a fitting aedile. Theodore Kupfer, National Review, 22 Aug. 2017

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Word History


borrowed from Latin aedīlis, from aedēs, aedis "temple, (in plural) abode, house" + -īlis -ile entry 1 — more at edify

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aedile was in the 15th century

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“Aedile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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