Laticlave

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Laticlave (Rom. Antiq) A broad stripe of purple on the fore part of the tunic, worn by senators in ancient Rome as an emblem of office.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n laticlave One of two broad stripes of purple woven in the stuff of the tunic worn by Roman senators and persons of senatorial rank, extending vertically from the neck down the front, and serving as a badge of their dignity. See angusticlave.
    • n laticlave Hence The tunic ornamented with these bands or stripes, or the dignity of which it was a mark.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Laticlave lat′i-klāv a broad vertical purple stripe running down the front of a Roman senator's tunic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. laticlavus, laticlavium,; latus, broad + clavus, nail, a purple stripe on the tunica: cf. F. laticlave,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. latus, broad, clavus, a stripe.