Definition of aedile in US English:



Roman History
  • Either of two (later four) Roman magistrates responsible for public buildings and originally also for the public games and the supply of grain to the city.

    • ‘He spent enormous amounts of money buying influence, including giving public games as aedile that eclipsed anything that had gone before.’
    • ‘Normally games were the property of aediles, who spent enormous sums to make sure they would be remembered.’
    • ‘He became quaestor, aedile and praetor - progressively important posts within the Roman senate.’
    • ‘Once again, elections were held for aedile, praetor, quaestor and the other traditional offices of the Republic.’
    • ‘A judge, although it may be that on occasions he can legitimately exercise the functions of an aedile, is no censor.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin aedilis ‘concerned with buildings’, from aedes ‘building’.