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aureus

[awr-ee-uh s] /ˈɔr i əs/
noun, plural aurei
[awr-ee-ahy] /ˈɔr iˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a gold coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, from Caesar to Constantine I.
Origin of aureus
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin: literally, golden
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  • Ten aurei should be the highest bid for a maid without guarantees as to skill, health or condition.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • "Tell him that he will get a cap full of aurei," said Petronius.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The five aurei promised him by Menecreta sharpened his resourceful wits.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • In front of the hospital is a market, for which every one trading there pays yearly to him who provides it two aurei.

  • Rome was to pay to Persia, during the continuance of the truce, the sum of 30,000 aurei annually.

  • "Ten aurei then," said Hun Rhavas raising the hammer, whilst with hungry eyes the mother watched his every movement.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • An absolute stipulation may be exemplified by the following: 'Do you promise to give five aurei?'

    The Institutes of Justinian Caesar Flavius Justinian
  • She hath twenty aurei to command, and the girl is not worth much more than that.

    "Unto Caesar" Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • A reward of 100 aurei , and a free pardon is offered to any accomplice who will assist in the discovery of the chief offender.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
  • The usual form to constitute two or more joint promisors is as follows,—'Maevius, do you promise to give five aurei?

    The Institutes of Justinian Caesar Flavius Justinian
British Dictionary definitions for aurei

aureus

/ˈɔːrɪəs/
noun (pl) aurei (ˈɔːrɪˌaɪ)
1.
a gold coin of the Roman Empire
Word Origin
Latin: golden; see aureate
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