from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ancient Roman silver coin.
- n. An ancient Roman gold coin valued at 25 silver denarii.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small silver coin issued during the Roman Empire, equal to 10 asses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Roman silver coin of the value of about fourteen cents; the “penny” of the New Testament; -- so called from being worth originally ten of the pieces called as.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principal silver coin of the Ro-mans under the republic and the empire.
- n. A Roman weight, the 86th or 94th of a Roman pound.
- n. In English monetary reckoning, a penny, represented by the abbreviation d., the penny having been originally, like the Roman denarius, the largest silver coin: as, 6s. 8d. (six shillings and eight pence).
Middle English, from Latin dēnārius; see denary.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)