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[dih-nair-ee-uh s] /dɪˈnɛər i əs/
noun, plural denarii
[dih-nair-ee-ahy] /dɪˈnɛər iˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
a silver coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, first issued in the latter part of the 3rd century b.c., that fluctuated in value and sometimes appeared as a bronze coin.
a gold coin of ancient Rome equal to 25 silver denarii; aureus.
Origin of denarius
< Latin dēnārius, orig. adj.: containing ten (asses). See denary Unabridged
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noun (pl) -narii (-ˈnɛərɪˌaɪ)
a silver coin of ancient Rome, often called a penny in translation
a gold coin worth 25 silver denarii
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: coin originally equal to ten asses, from dēnārius (adj) containing ten, from dēnī ten each, from decem ten
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ancient Roman silver coin, 1570s, from Latin denarius, noun use of adjective meaning "containing ten," and short for denarius nummus "the coin containing ten (aces)," from deni- "by tens," from decem "ten" (see ten).

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