prae·​tor ˈprē-tər How to pronounce praetor (audio)
variants or less commonly pretor
: an ancient Roman magistrate ranking below a consul and having chiefly judicial functions
praetorial adjective
praetorship noun

Examples of praetor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Macrinus was a mere praetor, a judicial official, with little political experience. National Geographic, 19 Mar. 2019

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Word History


Middle English pretor, from Latin praetor

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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

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prae·​tor ˈprēt-ər How to pronounce praetor (audio)
: an ancient Roman official ranking below a consul and acting as a judge

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