Definition of obol in English:


Syllabification: ob·ol
Pronunciation: /ˈäbəl


  • An ancient Greek coin worth one sixth of a drachma.
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    • Pay for mercenaries and allies continued at the same rates as citizens: normally 3 obols, sometimes a drachma.
    • On the appointed day the Athenian public would gather at the theatre of Dionysus on the south slope of the Acropolis, paid their admission of two obols, and witnessed a series of plays.
    • He was responsible for increasing the jurors' pay from two to three obols.


via Latin from Greek obolos, variant of obelos (see obelus).

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