• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Edile (Rom. Antiq) See Ædile.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n edile In ancient Rome, a magistrate whose duty was originally the superintendence of public buildings and lands, out of which grew a large number of functions of administration and police. Among other duties, that of promoting the public games was incumbent on the ediles, and cost them large sums of money. Later, under the empire, their functions were distributed among special officials, and their importance dwindled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Edile a magistrate in ancient Rome who had the charge of public buildings, games, markets, police, &c
    • Edile . See Ædile.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aedilis,: cf. F. édile,. Cf. Ædile


In literature:

Marcus Agrippa, when he was edile, opened one hundred and seventy private baths, for the use of the people.
"Travels Through France and Italy" by Tobias Smollett
What are our ediles about?
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Neither priest nor edile would they encounter until their return to the same church-tower.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 11, No. 22, January, 1873" by Various
He soon after held the important offices of tribune, quaestor, and edile.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
Under Asshur-edil-ilani II, who reigned from B.C.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
Notwithstanding the slovenly 'edility' of Valenciennes, I found it a very interesting place.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
Blaura wore red, Mellinid blue, and Edil green.
"Bill the Minder" by W. Heath Robinson
Sometimes her rulers bore the title of Consuls, Dictators, Tribunes, Ediles, and Questors.
"Olive Leaves" by Lydia Howard Sigourney
As a Roman colony the town had a senate and consuls, ediles and censors.
"Southern Spain" by A.F. Calvert
The ediling served on horseback and the freiling on foot, and each one brought his own weapons with him.
"Pine Needles" by Susan Bogert Warner

In news:

I stayed in touch with Edil online, but I worried about him, stateless, and living in exile in Europe.