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

1325–75; Middle English groot < Middle Dutch groot large, name of a large coin; see great Unabridged
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groat (ɡrəʊt)
an English silver coin worth four pennies, taken out of circulation in the 17th century
[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 & History

"medieval European coin," late 14c., probably from M.Du. groot, elliptical use of adj. meaning "great" (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.
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