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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. AWR-ee-əs(English) OW:-re-oos(Latin)  [key]
Other Forms FormsAurea (feminine)

Meaning & History

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.
Added 8/2/2008 by anonymous
Edited 12/14/2011 by SeaHorse15