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aureus

[awr-ee-uh s] /ˈɔr i əs/
noun, plural aurei
[awr-ee-ahy] /ˈɔr iˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a gold coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, from Caesar to Constantine I.
Origin of aureus
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin: literally, golden
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  • Croto, if I gave you an aureus, would you swear to let me have a chance to escape?

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • I once gave an aureus to a man named Croto to let me escape from a slave-prison.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • He understood the aureus calculus and could cast a horoscope with any man living.

    Pretty Michal Mr Jkai
  • This tribute is three, or two, or one aureus, or for a meaner person thirteen deniers.

  • The reverse of an aureus of the reign of Titus represents the Colosseum with these statues and a quadriga in the centre.

    The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2 George Gordon Byron
  • As loyal, at any rate, as men who would sell their souls for an aureus, answered the Spaniard.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • I will trust you, said Onesimus; and tearing the aureus from the hem of his dark serge dress, he slipped it into Crotos hand.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • aureus Denarius was a gold coin, about the size of a silver Denarius, and probably stamped in a similar manner.

  • The value of the aureus, which was also called Solidus, varied at different times.

  • The aureus, though it kept its fineness, lost in weight down to Constantine.

British Dictionary definitions for aureus

aureus

/ˈɔːrɪəs/
noun (pl) aurei (ˈɔːrɪˌaɪ)
1.
a gold coin of the Roman Empire
Word Origin
Latin: golden; see aureate
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