Definition of quinarius in English:

quinarius

noun

  • In ancient Rome: a silver coin of the value of half a denarius; (also occasionally) a half-piece of gold.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin quīnārius Roman silver coin worth five asses, equivalent to half a denarius (which is also a silver coin) (Pliny), use as noun (short for quīnārius nummus quinary coin) of masculine of quīnārius.

Pronunciation

quinarius

/kwɪˈnɑːrɪəs//kwɪˈnɛːrɪəs/