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

Synonyms for grotto


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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
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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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17 May 2022

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“Grotto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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