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noun,plural grot·toes, grot·tos.
  1. a cave or cavern.

  2. an artificial cavernlike recess or structure.

Origin of grotto

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

Other words from grotto

  • grottoed, adjective
  • grot·to·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use grotto in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for grotto


/ (ˈɡrɒtəʊ) /

nounplural -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

Origin of grotto

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

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