lic·​tor | \ ˈlik-tər How to pronounce lictor (audio) \

Definition of lictor

: an ancient Roman officer who bore the fasces as the insignia of his office and whose duties included accompanying the chief magistrates in public appearances

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Bundles of sticks around ax blades were borne by officials called lictors who worked for chief magistrates. John Kelly, Washington Post, "When the mortar crumbled on this D.C. building, a dark history was revealed," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lictor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lictor

Middle English littour, from Latin lictor

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