One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(until the introduction of the euro in 2002) a monetary unit in Austria, equal to one hundredth of a schilling.
- ‘Four talers, six groschen, ten pfennige, and eighty miles to Austria.’
- 1.1historical A small German silver coin.
- 1.2informal (until the introduction of the euro in 2002) a German ten-pfennig piece.
German, from Middle High German grosse, from medieval Latin (denarius) grossus ‘thick (penny)’; compare with groat.
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