Definition of centumvir in US English:



  • Any of the members of a panel from which the judges of a civil court at Rome were appointed; (in plural) a civil court drawn from this panel, having particular jurisdiction over matters relating to property and inheritance.


Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Udall (1504–1556), schoolmaster and playwright. From classical Latin centumvirī (plural) court instituted at Rome to settle various civil cases from centum hundred + virī, plural of vir man.