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[groh-shuh n] /ˈgroʊ ʃən/
noun, plural groschen.
a zinc or aluminum coin of Austria until the euro was adopted, the 100th part of a schilling.
a German 10-pfennig piece made of nickel.
any of the silver coins of various German regions first introduced in the 13th century.
Origin of groschen
1610-20; < German; Middle High German grosse, grosze < Latin (denārius) grossus thick (coin); akin to groat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for groschen
Historical Examples
  • Maimon rescued Wolff's Metaphysics from a butterman for two groschen.

  • I wouldn't have the King know about this for a thousand groschen.

  • So Rollo took the two groschen from his pocket and paid him.

    Rollo on the Rhine

    Jacob Abbott
  • The Duke of Saxony wore grey hats which cost him four groschen.

    German Culture Past and Present Ernest Belfort Bax
  • He waited for the good angel to throw him the "groschen" from the ceiling.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • He withdrew his hand and gave me a "groschen" to tell no one.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • One may have a pint of Lichtenhainer for less than a groschen at Jena.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • On another occasion she missed a number of groschen from her purse.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • She told us to go to the barn, where we could sleep for a groschen apiece.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt
  • The only lady who was not allowed to put up a groschen's worth of preserves!

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
British Dictionary definitions for groschen


/ˈɡrəʊʃən; German ˈɡrɔʃən/
noun (pl) -schen
a former Austrian monetary unit worth one hundredth of a schilling
a former German coin worth ten pfennigs
a former German silver coin
Word Origin
C17: from German: Bohemian dialect alteration of Middle High German grosse, from Medieval Latin (denarius) grossus thick (penny); see gross, groat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for groschen

1610s, small silver coin formerly used in Germany and Austria, from German groschen, altered from Czech groš, name of a coin (about one-thirtieth of a thaler), from Medieval Latin (denarius) grossus, literally "a thick coin," from Latin grossus "thick" (see gross, and cf. groat).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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