Definition of grotto
1 : cave
2 : an artificial recess or structure made to resemble a natural cave
Examples of grotto in a Sentence
at the heart of the shrine is a small rocky grotto into which pilgrims can descend
Recent Examples of grotto from the Web
The 435-acre Holy Hill site — which includes a grotto, a monastery, a cafe, a gift store and an observation tower with 30-mile views of the rolling countryside — was first graced with a log chapel in 1863.
The home has six bedrooms, four and one-half baths, a study, game room and media room plus a lagoon-style pool with grotto and spa.
A whimsical grotto has been added as the central element of the fountain wall.
Bethlehem is lively and crowded, home to Palestinian Muslims and Christians and the Church of the Nativity, the Byzantine-era sacred site built over the grotto where the faithful believe Jesus was born.
Bethlehem is lively and crowded, home to Palestinian Muslims and Christians, and the Church of the Nativity, the Byzantine-era sacred site built over the grotto where the faithful believe Jesus was born.
There is a waterfall cascading from the top of the grotto sheeting down behind the bar stools.
Beyond holding your place in line, the band keeps track of photos taken on slides, gives the ability to shoot water cannons and also illuminates images in the volcano's tucked-away grottoes.
There's also an area near the leisure pool where water turbulence created by spring vents below causes swimmers to get buoyed up and over to the grotto area.
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Origin and Etymology of grotto
Italian grotta, grotto, from Latin crypta cavern, crypt
First Known Use: 1617See Words from the same year
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: a small cave
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