from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A French working-class girl or young woman.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A French girl or young married woman of the lower class; especially, a young working-class woman of perceived easy morals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A French girl or young married woman of the lower class; more frequently, a young working woman who is fond of gallantry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a sort of gray woolen fabric, much used for dresses by women of the lower classes in France: so called from its gray color. Hence —2. A young woman of the working class; especially, a young woman employed as a shopgirl, a sewing girl, or a chambermaid: commonly applied by foreigners in Paris to the young women of this class who are free in their manners on the streets or in the shops.
- n. The noctuid moth Acronycta strigosa: an English collectors' name.
French, a cheap gray dress fabric, grisette, from gris, gray; see grisaille.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French grisette, from gris ("grey"). (Wiktionary)