sestertium

[ se-stur-shee-uh m, -shuh m ]
/ sɛˈstɜr ʃi əm, -ʃəm /
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noun, plural ses·ter·ti·a [se-stur-shee-uh, -shuh] /sɛˈstɜr ʃi ə, -ʃə/.

a money of account of ancient Rome, equal to 1000 sesterces.

Origin of sestertium

1530–40; < Latin sēstertium genitive plural of sēstertius sesterce, taken as neuter singular
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Examples from the Web for sestertium

  • Cujum (as in cujum pecus) and sestertium are Latin instances of a nominative case being evolved from an oblique one.

  • Cujus (as in cujum pecus) and sestertium are Latin instances of a nominative case being evolved from an oblique one.

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British Dictionary definitions for sestertium

sestertium

/ (sɛˈstɜːtɪəm) /

noun plural -tia (-tɪə)

an ancient Roman money of account equal to 1000 sesterces

Word Origin for sestertium

C16: from Latin, from the phrase mille sestertium a thousand of sesterces; see sesterce
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