sesterce

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noun ses·terce \ ˈse-ˌstərs \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of sesterce

:an ancient Roman coin equal to ¹/₄ denarius

Origin and Etymology of 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-, 1third


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