decurion

noun

de·​cu·​ri·​on di-ˈkyu̇r-ē-ən How to pronounce decurion (audio)
1
: a Roman cavalry officer in command of 10 men
2
: a member of a Roman senate

Word History

Etymology

Middle English decurioun, from Latin decurion-, decurio, from decuria division of ten, from decem

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of decurion was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Decurion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decurion. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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