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sestertium

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noun ses·ter·tium \se-ˈstər-sh(ē-)əm\

Definition of sestertium

plural

sestertia

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  1. :  a unit of value in ancient Rome equal to 1000 sesterces



Origin and Etymology of sestertium

Latin, from genitive plural of sestertius (in the phrase milia sestertium thousands of sesterces)


First Known Use: 1540


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