Brande & C.
(Pre*to"ri*an), n. A soldier of the pretorian guard.
(||Pre*to"ri*um) n. [L. praetorium, fr. praetor.]
1. The general's tent in a Roman camp; hence, a council of war, because held in the general's tent.
2. The official residence of a governor of a province; hence, a place; a splendid country seat.
(Pre"tor*ship) n. The office or dignity of a pretor. J. Warton
(Pre*tor"ture) v. t. To torture beforehand. Fuller.
(Pret"ti*ly) adv. In a pretty manner.
(Pret"ti*ness), n. The quality or state of being pretty; used sometimes in a disparaging
A style . . . without sententious pretension or antithetical prettiness.Jeffrey.
(Pret"ty) a. [Compar. Prettier ; superl. Prettiest.] [OE. prati, AS. prættig, prætig, crafty, sly, akin
to præt, prætt, deceit, trickery, Icel. prettugr tricky, prettr a trick; probably fr. Latin, perhaps through Celtic; cf.
W. praith act, deed, practice, LL. practica execution, practice, plot. See Practice.]
1. Pleasing by delicacy or grace; attracting, but not striking or impressing; of a pleasing and attractive
form a color; having slight or diminutive beauty; neat or elegant without elevation or grandeur; pleasingly,
but not grandly, conceived or expressed; as, a pretty face; a pretty flower; a pretty poem.
This is the prettiest lowborn lass that everShak.
Ran on the greensward.
2. Moderately large; considerable; as, he had saved a pretty fortune. "Wavering a pretty while." Evelyn.