from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. A bundle of rods bound together around an ax with the blade projecting, carried before ancient Roman magistrates as an emblem of authority.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Roman symbol of judicial authority consisting of a bundle of wooden sticks, with an axe blade embedded in the centre; used also as a symbol of fascism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A bundle of rods, having among them an ax with the blade projecting, borne before the Roman magistrates as a badge of their authority.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Plural of fascis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. bundle of rods containing an axe with the blade protruding; in ancient Rome it was a symbol of a magistrate's power; in modern Italy it is a symbol of fascism
Latin fascēs, pl. of fascis, bundle.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fasces, plural of fascis (Wiktionary)