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noun, plural grot·toes, grot·tos.
  1. a cave or cavern.
  2. an artificial cavernlike recess or structure.
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Origin of grotto

1610–20; < Italian grotta < Vulgar Latin *crupta, for Latin crypta subterranean passage, chamber. See crypt
Related formsgrot·toed, adjectivegrot·to·like, adjective
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Related Words for grotto

cavern, cavity, chamber, den, hollow, antre, subterrane

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Historical Examples of grotto

  • And what great stories have you been telling yourself today in your grotto?

    The Boy Life of Napoleon

    Eugenie Foa

  • He went to his grotto, and carefully thought out a plan of campaign.

  • Napoleon had been at his favorite resort,—the grotto that overlooked the sea.

  • But it was only at a breath from the other world, which had seemed to her to come from the Grotto.

  • He will join you by-and-by after he has taken me to the Grotto.

British Dictionary definitions for grotto


noun plural -toes or -tos
  1. a small cave, esp one with attractive features
  2. a construction in the form of a cave, esp as in landscaped gardens during the 18th century
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Word Origin for grotto

C17: from Old Italian grotta, from Late Latin crypta vault; see crypt
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Word Origin and History for grotto


1610s, from Italian grotta, ultimately from Latin crypta "vault, cavern," from Greek krypte "hidden place" (see crypt). Terminal -o may be from its being spelled that way in many translations of Dante's "Divine Comedy."

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