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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

  • Shall I see aught with your eyes, lady of my Sergian denarius?

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne

  • Victoriatus was a silver coin, half the value of a Denarius.

  • It was a denarius of Trajan, apparently; he could read the inscription, Avg.

  • At the time of Domitian, the denarius (10 as,) was worth about 15 cents.

  • The denarius, or penny, bearing the face of the emperor Tiberius.

British Dictionary definitions for denarius


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 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).

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