- an obsolete English silver coin worth fourpence
- a trifling sum
Origin of groatMiddle English grote ; from Middle Dutch groot or Middle Low German grote, literally , great, mistranslation of Middle High German grosse, short for Medieval Latin (denarius) grossus, literally , gross (i.e., thick) (denarius): see gross
An English silver coin worth four pence, used from the 14th to the 17th century.
Origin of groatMiddle English grot, from Middle Dutch groot, a thick, large coin, translation of Medieval Latin (d&emacron;n&amacron;rius) grossus, thick (denarius).
- (chiefly in the plural) hulled grain
- (archaic) Any of various old coins of England and Scotland.
- An historic English silver coin worth four English pennies, still minted as one of the set of Maundy coins.