Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A French working-class girl or young woman.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The noctuid moth Acronycta strigosa: an English collectors' name.

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

  • noun A French girl or young married woman of the lower class; more frequently, a young working woman who is fond of gallantry.

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  • noun A French girl or young married woman of the lower class; especially, a young working-class woman of perceived easy morals.

Etymologies

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

[French, a cheap gray dress fabric, grisette, from gris, gray; see grisaille.]

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From French grisette, from gris ("grey").

Examples

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  • Young working girl.

    May 16, 2008

  • Cf. lorette.

    April 5, 2011

  • If you want an example of a grisette, think about Fantine from Les Miserables.

    March 20, 2012