- a cave or cavern.
- an artificial cavernlike recess or structure.
Origin of grotto
Examples from the Web for grotto
Historical Examples of grotto
And what great stories have you been telling yourself today in your grotto?
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.
- a small cave, esp one with attractive features
- a construction in the form of a cave, esp as in landscaped gardens during the 18th century
Word Origin for grotto
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."