- 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 denarius
Shall I see aught with your eyes, lady of my Sergian denarius?The Lion's Brood
Victoriatus was a silver coin, half the value of a Denarius.Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology
Charles K. Dillaway
It was a denarius of Trajan, apparently; he could read the inscription, Avg.Babylon, Volume 3 (of 3)
At the time of Domitian, the denarius (10 as,) was worth about 15 cents.Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2
The denarius, or penny, bearing the face of the emperor Tiberius.The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas
Jesse L. Hurlbut
- a silver coin of ancient Rome, often called a penny in translation
- a gold coin worth 25 silver denarii
Word Origin and History for denarius
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).