Meaning of aureus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɔːrɪəs/

nounplural noun aurei

  • A Roman coin of the late republic and empire, worth 25 silver denarii.

    ‘The gold denomination of the Roman Empire was the aureus, which was worth twenty-five silver denarii.’
    • ‘Roman trade coins, ranging from the silver dinarii, issued by Augustus, to the gold aurei, minted by Tiberius and Nero, are a highlight.’
    • ‘The highest price at the auction was paid for a Roman gold medallion of 4 aurei struck in AD 308 for the Roman Emperor Maxentius.’


Latin, noun use of aureus ‘golden’, from aurum ‘gold’.