[awr-ee-uh s]

noun, plural au·re·i [awr-ee-ahy] /ˈɔr iˌaɪ/.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aurei

Historical Examples of aurei

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

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

    The Institutes of Justinian

    Caesar Flavius Justinian

  • 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

  • Ten aurei should be the highest bid for a maid without guarantees as to skill, health or condition.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

British Dictionary definitions for aurei


noun plural aurei (ˈɔːrɪˌaɪ)

a gold coin of the Roman Empire

Word Origin for aureus

Latin: golden; see aureate
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