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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Recent Examples on the Web 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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“Lictor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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