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


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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There's an elevator, a wine grotto with a tasting room, a virtual golf room, a gym and a safe room. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Hot properties: Dallas area's priciest palaces up for grabs," 5 July 2019 On this new makeover show, Saved by the Bell star and TV host Mario Lopez is surprising families whose backyards need an update — grottoes, slides, and hot tubs included. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on this Weekend: More menacing Meryl on Big Little Lies," 5 July 2019 The postponement will allow the three churches in charge of the Church of the Nativity to undertake a restoration of the church’s grotto, WAFA reports. Fox News, "‘Magnificent’ baptismal font discovered at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, Palestinian officials say," 24 June 2019 Plus, there are visits to non-GoT gems in the country, including Krka National Park and the Blue Cave grotto. Glamour, "A Game of Thrones Cruise Is Setting Sail in 2020," 28 May 2019 The 90 foot, beach entry pool is outfitted with a waterfall, grotto and swim up bar that serves as the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail during the Houston summer. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Sprawling Sugar Land mansion with backyard paradise sees massive price reduction," 18 June 2019 Glide past gigantic limestone peaks, hop aboard kayaks to explore echoey grottoes, or make a sandcastle on one of the powdery white beaches. National Geographic, "Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia," 12 June 2019 Pratt added four floors, creating more than 50 mountain-view rooms, as well as the aforementioned spa, which houses six treatment rooms, a grotto-sized hot tub, an oxygen bar and a yoga studio and gym. Jane Larkworthy, ELLE Decor, "Snow Pine Lodge Brings a New Level of Luxury to Alta," 28 Mar. 2019 Legend has it, Sperlonga was a stop on Odysseus's journey, and a group of ancient sculptures depicting scenes from the Odyssey were found in the grotto adjacent to the villa. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 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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The first known use of grotto was in 1617

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English Language Learners Definition of grotto

: a small cave


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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