sestertium

[ se-stur-shee-uhm, -shuhm ]
/ sɛˈstɜr ʃi əm, -ʃəm /

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.

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Origin of sestertium

1530–40; <Latin sēstertium genitive plural of sēstertiussesterce, taken as neuter singular
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Example sentences 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.

    The English Language|Robert Gordon Latham

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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