[awr-ee-uh s]

Origin of aureus

1600–10; < Latin: literally, golden Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for aurei

Historical Examples of aurei

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for aurei


noun plural aurei (ˈɔːrɪˌaɪ)
  1. a gold coin of the Roman Empire

Word Origin for aureus

Latin: golden; see aureate
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