ses·​terce | \ ˈse-ˌstərs How to pronounce sesterce (audio) \

Definition of sesterce

: an ancient Roman coin equal to ¹/₄ denarius

Examples of sesterce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Food was brought from Ostia and neighboring towns, and the price of corn was cut to one-quarter sesterce a pound. Gaia Squarci, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New, Nicer Nero," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of sesterce

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sesterce

Latin sestertius, from sestertius two and a half times as great (from its being equal originally to two and a half asses), from semis half of an as, one half + tertius third — more at sesqui-, third entry 1

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“Sesterce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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