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Silver obol from 6th century BC Athens.

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin obolus, from Ancient Greek ὀβολός (obolós), from ὀβελός (obelós). Doublet of obole and pul.

Alternative forms[edit]


obolus (plural oboli or oboluses)

  1. A silver coin minted in Ancient Greece, valued at a sixth of a drachma.
  2. (historical) A unit of weight, equal to one-sixth of a drachma.

Etymology 2[edit]


obolus (plural oboli or oboluses)

  1. Alternative form of obelus
    • 1914, Charles David Stewart, “The Principles of Government”, in Some Textual Difficulties in Shakespeare, page 27:
      The Globe editors have marked it with the obolus according to their explanation in the preface: "Whenever a lacuna occurs too great to be filled out with any approach to certainty by conjecture, we have marked the passage with an obolus (†)".




obolus m (genitive obolī); second declension

  1. obolus (Greek coin)
  2. A unit of weight, equal to one-sixth of a drachma


Second-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative obolus obolī
Genitive obolī obolōrum
Dative obolō obolīs
Accusative obolum obolōs
Ablative obolō obolīs
Vocative obole obolī


  • obolus”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • obolus”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • obolus in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • obolus in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • obolus”, in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898), Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • obolus”, in William Smith et al., editor (1890), A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin