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An elected official of ancient Rome who was responsible for public works and games and who supervised markets, the grain supply, and the water supply.

[Latin aedīlis, from aedēs, house.]
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(ˈiːdaɪl) or


(Historical Terms) a magistrate of ancient Rome in charge of public works, games, buildings, and roads
[C16: from Latin aedīlis concerned with buildings, from aedēs a building]
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or e•dile

(ˈi daɪl)

a magistrate in ancient Rome in charge of public buildings, streets, services, markets, games, and the distribution of grain.
[1570–80; < Latin aedīlis=aed(ēs) temple, shrine + -īlis -ile2]
ae′dile•ship`, n.
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