Usage Late Roman
Other Forms FormsAurea (feminine)
Means "golden, gilded" in Latin, from aurum "gold" (see AUREA). An aureus was also a gold coin of ancient Rome, equivalent to 25 denarii. This was the name of a Christian saint who was martyred in the 5th century with his sister Saint Justina at the cathedral of Mainz in Germany; they were killed by invading Huns while celebrating Mass.