Definition of denarius in English:
noun (plural denarii-ˈne(ə)rēˌī)
1An ancient Roman silver coin, originally worth ten asses.
- The principal medium for the payment of these dues was the denarius or silver penny.
- The earliest, a worn denarius of Severus Alexander, was particularly interesting as it showed that such coins were still in use at least 250 years after they had been struck.
- The gold denomination of the Roman Empire was the aureus, which was worth twenty-five silver denarii.
1.2An ancient Roman gold coin worth 25 silver denarii.
- The very word ‘soldier’ means ‘paid’, from the Latin solidus, originally a gold coin worth 25 denarii, and the Old French soulde.
- ‘Two gold denarii! ‘declared Charon with an air of finality.’
- Included amongst them were a Roman denarius, several silver Roman hammered coins, a Saxon worker's livery badge and a partial bronze axe head dating back some 2,500 years.
Words that rhyme with denariusAquarius, calcareous, Darius, gregarious, hilarious, multifarious, nefarious, omnifarious, precarious, Sagittarius, senarius, Stradivarius, temerarious, various, vicarious
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