from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A present of corn, wine, oil, etc. or later of money, made by a Roman emperor to the soldiers or the people.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A present, as of corn, wine, or oil, made by a Roman emperor to the soldiers or the people; -- so called because measured to each in a congius.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A largess or distribution of corn, oil, or wine, or, in later times, of money, among the people or soldiery of ancient Rome.
- n. A coin struck in commemoration of such a distribution.
Latin congiarium, from congius a liquid measure. (Wiktionary)