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[dih-nair-ee-uh s]
noun, plural de·nar·i·i [dih-nair-ee-ahy] /dɪˈnɛər iˌaɪ/.
  1. 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.
  2. a gold coin of ancient Rome equal to 25 silver denarii; aureus.
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Origin of denarius

< Latin dēnārius, orig. adj.: containing ten (asses). See denary
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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • But, theoretically, it was still considered equal to 40 denarii.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for denarii


noun plural -narii (-ˈnɛərɪˌaɪ)
  1. a silver coin of ancient Rome, often called a penny in translation
  2. a gold coin worth 25 silver denarii
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Word Origin

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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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).

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