What does grotto mean?

Definitions for grotto
ˈgrɒt oʊgrot·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. grotto, grotnoun

    a small cave (usually with attractive features)


  1. grottonoun

    A small cave.

  2. grottonoun

    An artificial cavern-like retreat.

  3. grottonoun

    A Marian shrine, usually built in a cavern-like structure.

  4. Etymology: From grotta, from grupta, from Classical crypta; see crypt.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Grottonoun

    A cavern or cave made for coolness. It is not used properly of a dark horrid cavern.

    Etymology: grotte, French; grotta, Italian.

    Their careless chiefs to the cool grotto’s run,
    The bow’rs of kings, to shade them from the sun. Dryden.

    This was found at the entry of the grotto in the Peak. John Woodward, on Fossils.


  1. Grotto

    A grotto is a natural or artificial cave used by humans in both modern times and antiquity, and historically or prehistorically. Naturally occurring grottoes are often small caves near water that are usually flooded or often flooded at high tide. Sometimes, artificial grottoes are used as garden features. The Grotta Azzurra at Capri and the grotto at Tiberius' Villa Jovis in the Bay of Naples are examples of popular natural seashore grottoes. Whether in tidal water or high up in hills, grottoes are generally made up of limestone geology, where the acidity of standing water has dissolved the carbonates in the rock matrix as it passes through what were originally small fissures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Grottonoun

    a natural covered opening in the earth; a cave; also, an artificial recess, cave, or cavernlike apartment

  2. Etymology: [Formerly grotta, fr. It. grotta, LL. grupta, fr. L. crypta a concealed subterranean passage, vault, cavern, Gr. kry`pth, fr. krypto`s concealed, fr. kry`ptein to conceal. Cf. Grot, Crypt.]


  1. Grotto

    A grotto is any type of natural or artificial cave that is associated with modern, historic, or prehistoric use by humans. When it is not an artificial garden feature, a grotto is often a small cave near water and often flooded or liable to flood at high tide. The picturesque Grotta Azzurra at Capri and the grotto of the villa of Tiberius in the Bay of Naples are outstanding natural seashore grottoes. Whether in tidal water or high up in hills, they are very often in limestone geology where the acidity dissolved in percolating water has dissolved the carbonates of the rock matrix as it has passed through what were originally small fissures. See karst topography, cavern. In modern times, many people purchase artificial grottos for ornamental and devotional purposes when it comes to placing statues of saints, particularly the Blessed Virgin, in outdoor gardens. The well-known apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette Soubirous took place in a grotto, which is visited by many Catholics. Numerous garden shrines are modeled after these apparitions, and can commonly be found displayed in gardens and Churches, among other places.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Grotto

    grot′ō, n. a cave: a place of shade, for pleasure—also Grot:—pl. Grott′osn. Grott′o-work, a grotto-like structure. [It. grotta (Fr. grotte)—L. crypta—Gr. kryptē, a crypt.]

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Grotto is ranked #73464 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Grotto surname appeared 264 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Grotto.

    92% or 243 total occurrences were White.
    4.1% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of grotto in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of grotto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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