Definition for MACE

MACE, n.1 [It. mazza, Sp. maza, Port. ma├ža, Fr. masse, a club.]

An ensign of authority borne before magistrates. Originally, the mace was a club or instrument of war, made of iron and much used by cavalry. It was in the shape of a coffee mill. Being no longer a weapon of war, its form is changed; it is made of silver or copper gilt, and ornamented with crown, globe and cross. Encyc. A leaden mace. Shak. A heavy iron mace. Knolles.

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