a silver coin of England, equal to four pennies, issued from 1279 to 1662.

Origin of groat

1325–75; Middle English groot < Middle Dutch groot large, name of a large coin; see great Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for groat

Historical Examples of groat

  • I have an anker newly come, which never paid the King a groat.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • "I'd be badly in want of a bird, though, to give a groat for an owl," said Csar.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • As for the clout I gave Master Peter, here is a groat to mend it.

    In the Days of Drake

    J. S. Fletcher

  • I was bound in honour to pay the next morning, and I did not possess a groat.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Nor in all the wide London lay there one he could claim as his, but the groat in his pocket.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for groat



an English silver coin worth four pennies, taken out of circulation in the 17th century

Word Origin for groat

C14: from Middle Dutch groot, from Middle Low German gros, from Medieval Latin (denarius) grossus thick (coin); see groschen
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Word Origin and History for groat

medieval European coin, late 14c., probably from Middle Dutch groot, elliptical use of adj. meaning "great, big" (in sense of "thick"); see great. Recognized from 13c. in various nations, in 14c. it was roughly one-eighth an ounce of silver; the English groat coined 1351-2 was worth four pence. Also cf. groschen.

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