Other Word Forms of Praetor
Origin of Praetor
From the Anglo-Norman pretour, pretore, the Middle French preteur (from the Old French pretor; compare the Modern French préteur), and their etymon, the Classical Latin praetor (“leader", “commander", “magistrate"); the Latin praetor being contracted from *praeitor (“one who goes before"), from praeeō (“I go before"), from prae (“before") + eō (“I go"); compare the Italian pretore, the Portuguese pretor, and the Spanish pretor.
Middle English pretor from Old French from Latin praetor perhaps from praeīre to go before prae- pre- īre to go ei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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