- 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
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Examples from the Web for groschen
Maimon rescued Wolff's Metaphysics from a butterman for two groschen.Dreamers of the Ghetto
I wouldn't have the King know about this for a thousand groschen.History of the Moravian Church
J. E. Hutton
So Rollo took the two groschen from his pocket and paid him.Rollo on the Rhine
The Duke of Saxony wore grey hats which cost him four groschen.German Culture Past and Present
Ernest Belfort Bax
He withdrew his hand and gave me a "groschen" to tell no one.Jewish Children
Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
- a former Austrian monetary unit worth one hundredth of a schilling
- a former German coin worth ten pfennigs
- a former German silver coin
C17: from German: Bohemian dialect alteration of Middle High German grosse, from Medieval Latin (denarius) grossus thick (penny); see gross, groat
Word Origin and History for groschen
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