Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. See Grice, a pig.
  • noun obsolete A step (in a flight of stairs); a degree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

Etymologies

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Properly the plural of gree a step.

Examples

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

    A Residence in France

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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

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

    The Return

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

    The Return

  • 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

  • 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

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