Origin of denarysee denarius
- Divided or counted by tens; decimal.
Origin of denaryLatin dēnārius from dēnī by tens ; see dek&mlowring; in Indo-European roots.
From the Middle English denarie, from the Latin dēnārius, used elliptically for dēnārius nūmus (“denary coin”, “coin containing ten asses”). Compare etymology 2 below.
- containing ten parts
- based on the number ten
First attested in 1577; from the Latin dēnārius (“containing ten”), from denī (“ten each”, “ten at a time”) + -ārius (whence the English suffix -ary).