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praetorium (plural praetoria)

  1. Alternative form of pretorium

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 praetorium in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)



praetōrium n (genitive praetōriī or praetōrī); second declension

  1. headquarters; general's tent; council of war
  2. governor's palace
  3. villa


Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative praetōrium praetōria
Genitive praetōriī
Dative praetōriō praetōriīs
Accusative praetōrium praetōria
Ablative praetōriō praetōriīs
Vocative praetōrium praetōria

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

Related terms[edit]


  • Ancient Greek: πραιτώριον (praitṓrion)


  • praetorium in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • praetorium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • praetorium in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • praetorium in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the bugle, trumpet sounds before the general's tent: classicum or tuba canit ad praetorium
    • the admiral's ship; the flagship: navis praetoria (Liv. 21. 49)
  • praetorium in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • praetorium in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
  • praetorium in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • praetorium in Richard Stillwell et al., editor (1976) The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press