Definition of sesterce in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsestərs/
(also sestertius /seˈstərSH(ē)əs/)

noun (plural sesterces /ˈsestərsəz/ or sestertii /sesˈtərSHēˌī/)

An ancient Roman coin and monetary unit equal to one quarter of a denarius.
Example sentences
  • There was, of course, one more thing that may be worth a few sesterces, but I would not part with the ring for the world.
  • Those were the good old days, the glory days of butchery and brutality, before those millions of sesterces from the east flooded Rome with luxury and indolence.
  • On Tiridates, though it would seem hardly within belief, he spent eight hundred thousand sesterces a day, and on his departure presented him with more than a hundred millions.


From Latin sestertius (nummus) '(coin) that is two and a half (asses)'.

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Syllabification: ses·terce

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