grot·​to | \ ˈgrä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce grotto (audio) \
plural grottoes also grottos

Definition of grotto

1 : cave
2 : an artificial recess or structure made to resemble a natural cave

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Examples of grotto in a Sentence

at the heart of the shrine is a small rocky grotto into which pilgrims can descend
Recent Examples on the Web Situated on nearly an acre in Highland Park and offered at $16,750,000, this three-story design features a wine grotto and tasting area, a virtual golf room, a pool and a pergola. Dallas News, "Firm excels in Dallas luxury homes sales in 2020," 17 Jan. 2021 The formal dining room opens to an interior courtyard and features a wine grotto. Judi Wright, Dallas News, "Custom Mediterranean estate overlooks golf course in Frisco," 12 Dec. 2020 The rest of the day was spent sitting on a damp log in a mossy grotto that lacked even a sliver of sunlight to warm things up. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: An Improbable Elk Hunt," 6 Dec. 2020 Her skin had the gentle green cast of a Madonna balanced on a single fish‐shaped foot in a grotto, with sea light reflecting on the long upward thought of her forehead. Patricia Lockwood, The New Yorker, "The Winged Thing," 23 Nov. 2020 In between their houses lies the remnants of a home where his wife once lived, affectionately called the grotto. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "For some Rocky Ripple residents, protecting the town from climate change comes at a price," 9 Nov. 2020 The dining area opens to a butler’s pantry/wine grotto with custom iron doors. Dallas News, "Tuscan-style custom home offers 1-plus acre, greenbelt views," 17 Oct. 2020 That rasquache spirit especially shows with Virgin Mary shrines that incorporate old, upturned bathtubs to surround the virgin like a grotto. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio’s Virgin Mary front yard shrines part of Christian history of faith and devotion," 28 Sep. 2020 The school is also planning to renovate the area around the grotto of the virgin Mary, Ruffing said. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Elder High School is buying a small tract of land from Cincinnati for expansion," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of grotto

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grotto

Italian grotta, grotto, from Latin crypta cavern, crypt

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29 Jan 2021

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“Grotto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grotto

: a small cave


grot·​to | \ ˈgrä-tō How to pronounce grotto (audio) \
plural grottoes

Kids Definition of grotto

2 : an artificial structure like a cave

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