grot·to | \ˈgrä-(ˌ)tō \
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


cave, cavern, 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 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,, "Lauren Halsey takes a fantastic voyage in MOCA's 'we still here, there'," 24 May 2018 The film’s visual peak is (of course) the Venus grotto at Schloss Linderhof. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, "A Momentous Wagnerian Film," 15 June 2018 Features will include wine storage grottos, panoramic patios and flexible living spaces. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Darling Homes to build in two "55 and up" neighborhoods," 16 May 2018 Ocean Resort also will have a 40,000 square-foot branch of Exhale spa that will include 31 treatment rooms and a co-ed social area with a salt grotto, heated pool, steam room and bar. Robert Digiacomo, USA TODAY, "New Hard Rock Casino gives Atlantic City a hot hand," 29 June 2018 Featuring an ersatz mountain dotted with Buddha statues, the rock garden of the Wat Prayoon complex is a haven of grottoes, pavilions, roaming turtles and fish ponds. New York Times, "36 Hours in Bangkok," 15 Feb. 2018 Perez will be leaving the grotto next week after nine years for an assignment at the Pontifical Mission Office in New York City. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Special Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto celebrates fathers," 17 June 2018 The workers also created grottoes that offer shade and privacy. Jan Hefler,, "Endangered penguins splash it up in new digs at Camden's Adventure Aquarium," 16 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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English Language Learners Definition of grotto

: a small cave


grot·to | \ˈgrä-tō \
plural grottoes

Kids Definition of grotto

2 : an artificial structure like a cave

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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