praetor

noun
prae·​tor | \ ˈprē-tər How to pronounce praetor (audio) \
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Definition of praetor

: an ancient Roman magistrate ranking below a consul and having chiefly judicial functions

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Other Words from praetor

praetorial \ prē-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce praetor (audio) \ adjective
praetorship \ ˈprē-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce praetor (audio) \ 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, "The short reign of Elagabalus, Rome's hard-partying emperor," 19 Mar. 2019 Macrinus was a mere praetor, a judicial official, with little political experience. National Geographic, "The short reign of Elagabalus, Rome's hard-partying emperor," 19 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of praetor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for praetor

Middle English pretor, from Latin praetor

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“Praetor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praetor. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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