grotto

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈgrɒtəʊ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈgrɑtoʊ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(grotō)

Inflections of 'grotto' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
grottoes
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
grottos
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
grot•to /ˈgrɑtoʊ/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -toes, -tos. 
  1. a cave or cavern.
  2. an artificial structure that resembles a small cave.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
grot•to  (grotō),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -toes, -tos. 
  1. a cave or cavern.
  2. an artificial cavernlike recess or structure.
grottoed, adj. 
grotto•like′, adj. 
  • Vulgar Latin *crupta, for Latin crypta subterranean passage, chamber. See crypt
  • Italian grotta
  • 1610–20

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
grotto /ˈɡrɒtəʊ/ n ( pl -toes, -tos)
  1. a small cave, esp one with attractive features
  2. a construction in the form of a cave, esp as in landscaped gardens during the 18th century
Etymology: 17th Century: from Old Italian grotta, from Late Latin crypta vault; see crypt
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