: of, relating to, or constituting the chief centurion of the third division of a Roman legion

Word History


Latin primipilaris, from primipilus chief centurion of the third division (from primus first + pilus division of the third division—from pilum javelin, pestle, javelin of the Roman infantry—after the phrase primi pili (centurio) centurion of the third division) + -aris -ar

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“Primipilar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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