from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An officer in command of ten men in the army of ancient Rome.
- n. A member of a municipal senate in ancient Rome who ran local government.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An officer in charge of ten men in the ancient Roman army.
- n. A member of local government in ancient Rome.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A head or chief over ten; especially, an officer who commanded a division of ten soldiers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer in the Roman army who commanded a decury, or a body of ten soldiers.
- n. Any commander or overseer of ten; specifically, a tithing-man.
- n. In Roman history, a member of the senate of a colony or of a municipality; a town-councilor.
- n. A member of the great council of an Italian city or town.
Latin decuriō, from decuria, group of ten men, administrative body of ten families, from *decu-viria : decem, ten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin decuria ("a group of ten") (Wiktionary)