From Latin pedarius, from pedarius (“belonging to the foot”), from pes, pedis (“foot”). So called because he might indicate his opinion by walking over to the side of the party he favoured when a vote was taken.
pedarian (plural pedarians)
- (historical, Roman antiquity) One of a class eligible to the office of senator, but not yet chosen, who could sit and speak in the senate, but could not vote.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pedarian in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)