[ dih-nair-ee-uhs ]
/ dɪˈnɛər i əs /
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noun, plural de·nar·i·i [dih-nair-ee-ahy]. /dɪˈnɛər iˌaɪ/.
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.
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Origin of denarius
First recorded in 1565–85; from Latin dēnārius, originally an adjective: “containing ten (asses)”; see origin at denary
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How to use denarius in a sentence
Three hundred Roman pence, or denarii, amount to about nine pounds seven shillings and sixpence sterling.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II|Francis Augustus Cox
"Denarii dicti, quod denos ris valebant; quinarii, quod quinos" (Varro).Narcissus|Unknown
Many a time the labourer's spade has clashed on a rusted spear-head, a broken urn, a handful of denarii.In the West Country|Francis A. Knight
Three hundred pence or Roman denarii would be approximately equal in value to forty-five dollars.Jesus the Christ|James Edward Talmage
Forged denarii of lead or brass formed the larger part of those found in the Thames.Memorials of Old London|Various
British Dictionary definitions for denarius
/ (dɪˈnɛərɪəs) /
noun plural -narii (-ˈnɛərɪˌaɪ)
a silver coin of ancient Rome, often called a penny in translation
a gold coin worth 25 silver denarii
Word Origin for denarius
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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