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

  • n. Scots Superiority; mastery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of a flight of steps.
  • n. A stage in a process; a degree of rank or station.
  • n. Pre-eminence; victory or superiority in combat (hence also, the prize for winning a combat).
  • n. A degree.
  • n. Pleasure, goodwill, satisfaction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Good will; favor; pleasure; satisfaction; -- used esp. in such phrases as: to take in gree; to accept in gree; that is, to take favorably.
  • n. Rank; degree; position.
  • n. The prize; the honor of the day.
  • intransitive v. To agree.
  • n. A step.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A step; a stair.
  • n. A step or degree in a series; a degree in order or rank; degree; order of precedence or merit.
  • n. Pleasure; satisfaction: especially in the phrases to take, receive, or accept in gree (that is, to take, receive, or accept kindly or with favor).
  • To agree; consent.
  • To live in amity.
  • To reconcile (parties at variance).


Middle English gre, from Old French, step, from Latin gradus; see grade.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French gré, from Latin gradum ("step"). Compare degree, grade. (Wiktionary)
From Old French gré ("pleasure, goodwill"), from Latin gratum, a noun use of the neuter of gratus ("pleasing"). (Wiktionary)



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  • are you in greement

    April 17, 2009

  • To "bear the gree" means to be assured of decisive victory.

    February 9, 2008