grotto

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noun grot·to \ˈgrä-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of grotto

plural

grottoes

also

grottos

  1. 1 :  cave

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

Examples of grotto in a sentence

  1. at the heart of the shrine is a small rocky grotto into which pilgrims can descend

Origin and Etymology of grotto

Italian grotta, grotto, from Latin crypta cavern, crypt


First Known Use: 1617


GROTTO Defined for English Language Learners

grotto

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noun grot·to \ˈgrä-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of grotto for English Language Learners

  • : a small cave


GROTTO Defined for Kids

grotto

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noun grot·to \ˈgrä-tō\

Definition of grotto for Students

plural

grottoes

  1. 1 :  1cave, cavern

  2. 2 :  an artificial structure like a cave



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