One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘Once again, elections were held for aedile, praetor, quaestor and the other traditional offices of the Republic.’
- ‘He spent enormous amounts of money buying influence, including giving public games as aedile that eclipsed anything that had gone before.’
- ‘He became quaestor, aedile and praetor - progressively important posts within the Roman senate.’
- ‘Normally games were the property of aediles, who spent enormous sums to make sure they would be remembered.’
- ‘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’.
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