[ awr-ee-uhs ]

noun,plural au·re·i [awr-ee-ahy]. /ˈɔr iˌaɪ/.
  1. a gold coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, from Caesar to Constantine I.

Origin of aureus

1600–10; <Latin: literally, golden

Words Nearby aureus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use aureus in a sentence

  • Auripes is from aureus, yellow or golden; pes, foot; so called from its yellow stem.

  • When grown in artificial media, the colonies assume an orange-yellow colour—hence the name aureus.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for aureus


/ (ˈɔːrɪəs) /

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

Origin of aureus

Latin: golden; see aureate

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