in ancient Rome, any of a group of minor officials who carried the fasces and cleared the way for the chief magistrates
Origin of lictorMiddle English (Wycliffe) littour from Classical Latin lictor from base of ligare (see ligament), in allusion to the fasces
A Roman functionary who carried fasces when attending a magistrate in public appearances.
Origin of lictorFrom Middle English littoures lictors from Latin lictōrēs pl. of lictor ; see leig- in Indo-European roots.