from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An English silver coin worth four pence, used from the 14th to the 17th century.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. hulled grain
  • n. Any of various old coins of England and Scotland.
  • n. An historic English silver coin worth four English pennies, still minted as one of the set of Maundy coins.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old English silver coin, equal to four pence.
  • n. Any small sum of money.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An English silver coin, of the value of fourpence, first issued for circulation in the reign of Edward III.
  • n. One of various small continental coins.
  • n. Proverbially, a very small sum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a former English silver coin worth four pennies


Middle English grot, from Middle Dutch groot, a thick, large coin, translation of Medieval Latin (dēnārius) grossus, thick (denarius).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English grotes (pl.), from Old English grotan, plural of grot, from Proto-Germanic *grutan. More at grit. (Wiktionary)
Possibly from Middle Dutch groot, the Old French gros Tournois ("a coin of Tours"), from Medieval Latin denarius ("coin") grossus ("large"). Related to German Groschen (Wiktionary)



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