- 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
Examples from the Web for denarii
They got but my ass and a bag of denarii, and they were wroth to have so little.Ulric the Jarl
William O. Stoddard
The Turk had often said that he would not give a branch of this tree for a hundred denarii.Pretty Michal
But, theoretically, it was still considered equal to 40 denarii.The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896
William Arthur Shaw
Do you not know that the whole book costs only five denarii?
There were 12 denarii to the solidus and 20 soldi to the pound of silver.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.
S. A. Reilly
- a silver coin of ancient Rome, often called a penny in translation
- a gold coin worth 25 silver denarii
Word Origin and History for denarii
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).