denarius

[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.

Origin of denarius

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

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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Word Origin and History for denarius
n.

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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