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 lict&omacron;r&emacron;s, pl. of lictor; see leig- in Indo-European roots.