Definition of dupondius in English:


Line breaks: du|pon¦dius
Pronunciation: /djuːˈpɒndɪəs

noun (plural dupondii /-dɪʌɪ/)

  • A bronze or brass coin of the Roman Empire, equal to two asses or half a sesterce.
    More example sentences
    • I knew about the dupondii being brass, but I wasn't aware that zinc was a premium metal at the time.
    • These can usually be separated from the similarly sized dupondius by the laureate or bare head.
    • The dupondius was made of Orichalchum, yellow when new, and the as of bronze, red when new.


Latin, from duo 'two' + pondo 'by weight'.

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