from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small cave or cavern.
- n. An artificial structure or excavation made to resemble a cave or cavern.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small cave.
- n. An artificial cavern-like retreat.
- n. A Marian shrine, usually built in a cavern-like structure.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A natural covered opening in the earth; a cave; also, an artificial recess, cave, or cavernlike apartment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A subterranean cavity; a natural cavern, or an ornamented excavation or construction more or less remotely resembling a natural cave, made for shade or recreation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small cave (usually with attractive features)
Alteration of Italian grotta, from Vulgar Latin *grupta, from Latin crypta, vault; see crypt.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian grotta, from Vulgar Latin grupta, from Classical Latin crypta; see crypt. (Wiktionary)