[ grot-oh ]
/ ˈgrɒt oʊ /

noun, plural grot·toes, grot·tos.

a cave or cavern.
an artificial cavernlike recess or structure.

Origin of grotto

1610–20; < Italian grotta < Vulgar Latin *crupta, for Latin crypta subterranean passage, chamber. See crypt


grot·toed, adjectivegrot·to·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for grotto

/ (ˈɡrɒtəʊ) /

noun plural -toes or -tos

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

C17: from Old Italian grotta, from Late Latin crypta vault; see crypt
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