groats

[ grohts ]
/ groʊts /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

hulled grain, as wheat or oats, broken into fragments.
hulled kernels of oats, buckwheat, or barley.

Nearby words

  1. gro.,
  2. groan,
  3. groaner,
  4. groaning,
  5. groat,
  6. grocer,
  7. groceries,
  8. grocery,
  9. groceryman,
  10. grockle

Origin of groats

before 1100; Middle English grotes (plural), Old English grot meal; akin to grits

groat

[ groht ]
/ groʊt /

noun

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

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British Dictionary definitions for groats

groats

/ (ɡrəʊts) /

pl n

the hulled and crushed grain of oats, wheat, or certain other cereals
the parts of oat kernels used as food

Word Origin for groats

Old English grot particle; related to grota fragment, as in meregrota pearl; see grit, grout

groat

/ (ɡrəʊt) /

noun

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 groats
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