- an officer having charge of ten men
- a member of a municipal or colonial senate
Origin of decurionMiddle English decurioun ; from Classical Latin decurio ; from decuria, company of ten men ; from decem, ten
- An officer in command of ten men in the army of ancient Rome.
- A member of a municipal senate in ancient Rome that ran local government.
Origin of decurionLatin decuri&omacron;, from decuria, group of ten men, administrative body of ten families, from *decu-viria : decem, ten; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots + vir, man; see w&imacron;-ro- in Indo-European roots.
Latin decuria (“a group of ten”)