[ ses-turs ]
/ ˈsɛs tɜrs /


a silver coin of ancient Rome, the quarter of a denarius, equal to 2½ asses: introduced in the 3rd century b.c.

Origin of sesterce

1590–1600; < Latin sēstertius, equivalent to sēs- half-unit (see sesqui-) + tertius third (i.e., 2 units and half a 3rd one equal 2½ asses) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sesterce


sestertius (sɛˈstɜːtɪəs)

/ (ˈsɛstɛːs) /


a silver or, later, bronze coin of ancient Rome worth a quarter of a denarius

Word Origin for sesterce

C16: from Latin sēstertius a coin worth two and a half asses, from sēmis half + tertius a third
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