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From the prefix prae- and the root found in salio 'to jump'.



praesul m ‎(genitive praesulis); third declension

  1. public dancer who dances in leaps
  2. the leader of the Salii (Ancient Roman priests of Mars)
  3. (post-classical) director, president
  4. (post-classical) patron, protector
    • 4th century, St. Ambrose (?)
      Te lucis ante terminum / rerum creator poscimus / ut solita clementia / sis praesul ad custodiam - Before the end of the light, we beseech Thee, creator of things, that by thy accustomed mercy thou wouldst be [our] protector unto safekeeping
  5. (Medieval Latin) priest
    • 11th-13th centuries, Anonymous, Carmina Burana
      Bibit puer, bibit canus / bibit praesul et decanus - Children drink, the grey-haired drink / Priests drink and so do deacons


Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative praesul praesulēs
genitive praesulis praesulum
dative praesulī praesulibus
accusative praesulem praesulēs
ablative praesule praesulibus
vocative praesul praesulēs