noun prae·to·ri·um \prēˈtōrēəm\
variants: less commonly



Definition of praetorium



  1. 1a :  an ancient Roman general's tent in a camp b :  a council of war held in such a tent

  2. 2a :  the official residence of an ancient Roman governor b :  a splendid countryseat or a palatial residence especially in ancient Rome

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of praetorium

Latin praetorium, from neuter of praetorius of a praetor — more at praetorian

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up praetorium? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to help become familiar with something

Get Word of the Day daily email!