One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a board or commission of six men; specifically (a) each of the commanders of six squadrons of equites in Rome, who annually performed manoeuvres before the emperor; (b) any of six men, often freedmen, annually appointed to maintain or oversee the worship of the cult of Rome and Augustus in Italy and the western provinces.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Elias Ashmole (1617–1692), astrologer and antiquary. From classical Latin sēvir (also sexvir) one of an official board of six (originally in plural sevirī) from sex six + vir man.
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