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gist

noun

  1. (meaning)  the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    Synonyms: burden, core, effect, essence. Type of: meaning
  2. (cognitive content)  the choicest, most essential, or most vital part of some idea or experience
    Synonyms: brass tacks, center [American spelling], centre [British/Canadian spelling], core,...

Etymology summary

"the real point" (of a law case, and so on...), from Anglo-French legalese...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

gist

the point or substance of an argument, speech, etc | [law] the essential point of an action (16 of 506 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gist

Wikipedia:

Gist [disambiguation] | GIST

may refer to: Essence, the central idea or main substance | GiST, or Generalized Search Tree, a flexible data structure for building search trees | Gist (Computing), a scientific graphics library written in the C programming language | GIST, Ginān... (37 of 324 words, 18 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

gist | essence [synonym, sense-specific] | bottom line [synonym, sense-specific] | bull's-eye [synonym, sense-specific] | centerpiece [synonym, sense-specific] | core [synonym, sense-specific] | crux [synonym, sense-specific] | heart [synonym, sense-specific] | kernel [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the ground of a legal action | the main point or part; "essence" (12 of 212 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gist

Wiktionary:

gist | gists [plural] | gisted [past tense] | gisting [present participle]

The most essential part; the main idea or substance (of a longer or more complicated matter); the crux of a matter | [law, outdated] The essential ground for action in a suit, without which there is no cause of action. | [obsolete] Resting place ... (42 of 155 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gist

Oxford Dictionary:

gist [singular]

the substance or general meaning of a speech or text | [law] : the real point of an action (18 of 124 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gist

gist

Syllabification: (gist) | [singular] : the substance or essence of a speech or text | [law] : the real point of an action Remember that gist begins ... (25 of 121 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/gist

New World Dictionary:

gist

[law] the grounds for action in a lawsuit | the essence or main point, as of an article or argument (19 of 56 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

gist

The central idea; the essence. | [law] The grounds for action in a suit. (13 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/gist

Cambridge Dictionary:

the gist | gist

the most important pieces of information about something, or general information without details (13 of 38 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/the-gist

Random House Dictionary:

gist

the main or essential part of a matter. | the ground of a legal action. (14 of 28 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/gist

Encarta Dictionary:

gist

the essential point or meaning of something | the essential grounds for a legal action (14 of 41 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695908​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

gist

First use: 1711

Origin: "the real point" (of a law case, and so on...), from Anglo-French legalese phrases, for example, cest action gist "this action lies", meaning ... (24 of 62 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=gist

Oxford Dictionary:

gist [singular]

First use: early 18th century

Origin: Old French, third person singular present tense of gesir "to lie", from Latin jacere. The Anglo-French legal phrase cest action ... (23 of 45 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/gist

New World Dictionary:

gist

Origin: Middle English giste from Old French, abode, point at issue from 3rd person singular, present indicative, of gesir, to lie from Latin ... (22 of 37 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

gist

First use: 18th century

Origin: from Anglo-French, as in cest action gist en this action consists in, literally: lies in, from Old French gésir to lie, from Latin ... (25 of 30 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/gist

American Heritage Dictionary:

gist

Origin: From Anglo-Norman (cest action) gist, (this action) lies, third person singular of gesir, to lie, from Latin iacēre; see yē- in Indo-European roots.

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Wiktionary:

gist | gists [plural] | gisted [past tense] | gisting [present participle]

Origin: Old French gist, from the verb gesir ("to lie down"), from Latin iaceō. Compare Modern French gésir or gîte ("lodging").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/gist

Merriam-Webster:

gist

First use: about 1711

Origin: Anglo-French, it lies, from gisir to lie, ultimately from Latin jacēre

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/gist

Encarta Dictionary:

gist

First use: Early 18th century

Origin: Old French cest action gist "this action lies"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861695908​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

gist | gists [plural] | gisted [past tense] | gisting [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gist"

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Collins Dictionary:

gist

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gist"

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the Free Dictionary:

gist

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "gist"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "gist"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "gist" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

gist | gists [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "gist"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

gist

Audio: North American pronunciation of "gist"

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YourDictionary Audio:

gist

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gist" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

gist

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "gist" by speech synthesizer

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