grotto

noun
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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Synonyms for grotto

Synonyms

antre, cave, cavern, delve [archaic], grot

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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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The all-new resort will have 59 rooms and suites and 19 dorm-style bunk rooms—all with a slope-side heated pool, hot tubs, spa, indoor grotto, oxygen bar, fire pits, game and movie rooms, ski lockers, bar, and restaurant. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 The sprawling oasis has an amphitheater, classical Roman statues, grottos, ponds, fountains, and an abundance of flowers. Vogue, "These Are the 6 Gucci-Approved Places to Travel in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019 The ceiling of the grotto is equipped with programmable LED light strips to further the artlike effect. Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "9 One-Of-A-Kind Backyards," 15 Apr. 2014 After entering the museum, visitors will pass through a natural mountain rock grotto. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "A New Museum is Putting This Swiss Alps Town on the Map," 12 Dec. 2018 Among the property’s other features is a Roman pool the size of a football field, with a Roman water garden and grotto of arches designed to recall an ancient Roman aqueduct. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Estate That Wants to Be Silicon Valley’s Priciest Home," 18 Oct. 2018 Tucked away on the property, and reached by a meandering path, is a second lagoon-style swimming pool complete with a snaking water slide, baja shelf and grotto. Neal J. Leitereg, The Seattle Times, "Filmmaker hopes to make a splash with sale of compound with two pools," 9 Oct. 2018 The community’s eighth-floor amenity deck was designed as an oasis with an expansive fitness center, fire pits, grilling area, and a resort-style pool featuring grotto areas, wet deck and private cabanas, Gunn said. Valerie Sweeten, Houston Chronicle, "Condo Life: Spotlight on 2929 Weslayan," 20 May 2018 Halsey’s grotto takes it in another direction, though, emphasizing the ad hoc and handmade against an era dominated by digital razzle-dazzle. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Lauren Halsey takes a fantastic voyage in MOCA's 'we still here, there'," 24 May 2018

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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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grotto

noun

English Language Learners Definition of grotto

: a small cave

grotto

noun
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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