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[awr-ee-uh s] /ˈɔr i əs/
noun, plural aurei
[awr-ee-ahy] /ˈɔr iˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
a gold coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, from Caesar to Constantine I.
Origin of aureus
1600-10; < Latin: literally, golden Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The five aurei promised him by Menecreta sharpened his resourceful wits.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • "Tell him that he will get a cap full of aurei," said Petronius.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • In front of the hospital is a market, for which every one trading there pays yearly to him who provides it two aurei.

  • A reward of 100 aurei , and a free pardon is offered to any accomplice who will assist in the discovery of the chief offender.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • "Ten aurei then," said Hun Rhavas raising the hammer, whilst with hungry eyes the mother watched his every movement.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Ten aurei should be the highest bid for a maid without guarantees as to skill, health or condition.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Rome was to pay to Persia, during the continuance of the truce, the sum of 30,000 aurei annually.

  • An absolute stipulation may be exemplified by the following: 'Do you promise to give five aurei?'

    The Institutes of Justinian Caesar Flavius Justinian
  • The usual form to constitute two or more joint promisors is as follows,—'Maevius, do you promise to give five aurei?

    The Institutes of Justinian Caesar Flavius Justinian
  • She hath twenty aurei to command, and the girl is not worth much more than that.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for aurei


noun (pl) aurei (ˈɔːrɪˌaɪ)
a gold coin of the Roman Empire
Word Origin
Latin: golden; see aureate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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