[groh-shuh n]

noun, plural gro·schen.

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.

Nearby words

  1. gros de londres,
  2. gros de tours,
  3. gros point,
  4. gros ventre,
  5. grosbeak,
  6. grosgrain,
  7. gross,
  8. gross anatomy,
  9. gross domestic product,
  10. gross income

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for groschen


noun plural -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 for groschen

C17: from German: Bohemian dialect alteration of Middle High German grosse, from Medieval Latin (denarius) grossus thick (penny); see gross, groat

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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).

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