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  • n. A badge of two wide purple stripes, worn by senators and certain other high-ranking people in ancient Rome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A broad stripe of purple on the fore part of the tunic, worn by senators in ancient Rome as an emblem of office.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of two broad stripes of purple woven in the stuff of the tunic worn by Roman senators and persons of senatorial rank, extending vertically from the neck down the front, and serving as a badge of their dignity. See angusticlave.
  • n. Hence The tunic ornamented with these bands or stripes, or the dignity of which it was a mark.


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From Late Latin lāticlāvium, lāticlāvus, from lātus ("broad") + clāvus ("purple stripe").



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