de·​cem·​vir di-ˈsem-vər How to pronounce decemvir (audio)
: one of a ruling body of 10
specifically : one of a body of 10 magistrates in ancient Rome
decemviral adjective
decemvirate noun

Word History


Middle English, from Latin, back-formation from decemviri, plural, from decem + viri, plural of vir man — more at virile

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Decemvir.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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