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A silver or bronze coin of ancient Rome equivalent to one fourth of a denarius.

[Latin sēstertius, a coin worth two and a half asses : sēmis, half; see sēmi- in Indo-European roots + tertius, third; see trei- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈsɛstɛːs) or


n, pl sesterces or sestertii (sɛˈstɜːtɪaɪ)
(Currencies) a silver or, later, bronze coin of ancient Rome worth a quarter of a denarius
[C16: from Latin sēstertius a coin worth two and a half asses, from sēmis half + tertius a third]


(ˈsɛs tɜrs)

a silver coin of ancient Rome, the quarter of a denarius, equal to 2½ asses.
[1590–1600; < Latin sēstertius=sēs- half-unit (see sesqui-) + tertius third]
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He played dice with four hundred thousand sesterces the point.
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Octavien, emerveille, acheta vingt mille sesterces l'oiseau complimenteur.