EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of groschen 1610–20;
German; Middle High German grosse, grosze
thick (coin); akin to
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Examples from the Web for groschen Historical Examples of groschen 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 n.
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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