Groat meaning

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An obsolete English silver coin worth fourpence.
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(chiefly in the plural) Hulled grain.
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An historic English silver coin worth four English pennies, still minted as one of the set of Maundy coins.
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An English silver coin worth four pence, used from the 14th to the 17th century.
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A trifling sum.
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(archaic) Any of various old coins of England and Scotland.
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Origin of groat

  • Middle English grot from Middle Dutch groot a thick, large coin translation of Medieval Latin (dēnārius) grossus thick (denarius)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly from Middle Dutch groot, the Old French gros Tournois (“a coin of Tours”), from Medieval Latin denarius (“coin”) grossus (“large”). Related to German Groschen

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English grotes (pl.), from Old English grotan, plural of grot, from Proto-Germanic *grutą. More at grit.

    From Wiktionary