Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A step (in a flight of stairs); a degree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See Grice, a pig.
  • n. A step (in a flight of stairs); a degree.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be in terror; fear; tremble or shudder with fear.
  • To be in terror of; fear; dread.
  • Gray.
  • n. A gray fur, of the squirrel or rabbit.
  • n. A pig; swine; especially, a little pig.
  • n. Specifically, in heraldry, a young wild boar.
  • n. A young animal of another kind, as a badger; a cub.
  • n. Same as greese.

Etymologies

Properly the plural of gree a step. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now I take it, this word grise contains the essence of the superiority of wine over whiskey.

    A Residence in France

  • The host of Piers Morgan Tonight weeknights at 9/8c has gone on record with his disdain for an eminence grise like Madonna — clearly trying to show his outrageousness.

    Piers Morgan Debuts on CNN; 25 Years To Go?

  • And who was creating this mysterious aura, this reputation of an eminence grise?

    The Return

  • A telling defection in Congress was that of Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana, the foreign policy eminence grise of the Republican Party.

    The Longest War

  • I also wanted to get a real eminence grise´ for the book review column, and was able to snatch Gahan Wilson (yes, that Gahan Wilson) out from under the hands of George Scithers who was at the time trying to get him as a reviewer for his magazine.

    Spotlight On Realms of Fantasy

  • One newsworthy passage: On Sunday, I saw Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, the son of the establishment's embittered éminence grise, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

    Iran Election Live-Blogging (Monday June 22)

  • At the moment, figuring out which of the fallen will manage to pull off second acts is a case-by-case enterprise: Bill Clinton has transformed himself into an eminence grise, but John Edwards doesn't seem due back from banishment anytime soon.

    Why is Eliot Spitzer on TV? Because disgrace doesn't stick like it used to.

  • The 26-year-old Facebook founder hovers like a precocious eminence grise over two movies opening Friday: He's the inspiration behind "The Social Network," Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher's smart, absorbing drama about Zuckerberg's invention of the site while a Harvard sophomore.

    Ann Hornaday reviews 'The Social Network' and 'Waiting for "Superman" '

  • These date back at least a decade, as the 9/11 Commission Report depicted Iranian complicity in the safe travel of al Qaeda operatives and chronicled al Qaeda contact with the Lebanese Hezbollah and Tehran's éminence grise to Arab Islamic radicals, the late Imad Mughniyeh.

    Iran's Act of War

  • An important fund-raiser with a deep knowledge of the machinery of the statehouse, Mr. Del Giudice is the eminence grise of the inner circle.

    Cuomo Ponders New Team

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