from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An ancient Roman silver coin.
  • noun An ancient Roman gold coin valued at 25 silver denarii.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The principal silver coin of the Ro-mans under the republic and the empire.
  • noun A Roman weight, the 86th or 94th of a Roman pound.
  • noun 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small silver coin issued during the Roman Empire, equal to 10 asses.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Latin dēnārius; see denary.]



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