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grits (hot cereal)

Definition:

coarsely ground hulled corn boiled as a breakfast dish in the southern United States

Class:

food noun (foods and drinks)

Usage:

plural

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

hominy grits [plural]

Etymology:

plural of grit "coarsely ground grain", Old English grytt (plural grytta)...
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Wikipedia:

Grits

refers to a ground-corn food of Native American origin, that is common in the Southern United States and mainly eaten at breakfast. Modern grits are commonly made of alkali-treated corn known as hominy. Grits are similar to other thick maize-based ... (40 of 1191 words, 3 images)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

grits

plural noun ("used with a sing. or pl. verb") | A ground, usually white meal of dried and hulled corn kernels that is boiled and served as a breakfast ... (28 of 52 words, 3 definitions, 1 image)

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New World Dictionary:

grits [United States]

corn or other grain, soybeans, etc. ground more coarsely than for flour or meal; especially, in the South, hominy ground coarsely: grits are eaten as ... (25 of 52 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

grits | grit | Grit | hominy grits [synonym, sense-specific] | gritstone [synonym, sense-specific] | Liberal [informal, sense-specific] | gritless [adjective, derived]

hulled and coarsely ground grain | [US] See "hominy grits" | small hard particles of sand, earth, stone, etc | any coarse sandstone that can be used ... (24 of 560 words, 10 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

grits

Syllabification: (grits) | [also treated as singular, United States] | a dish of coarsely ground corn kernels boiled with water or milk. | coarsely ... (21 of 66 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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grits [also treated as singular, United States]

a dish of coarsely ground maize kernels boiled with water or milk. | coarsely ground maize kernels used to make grits. (20 of 62 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

grits

Plural form of grit ('hulled oats') | [western hemisphere] Coarsely ground hominy which is boiled and eaten, primarily in the Southern United States. | Plural form of grit | Third-person singular simple present indicative form of grit. (34 of 53 words, 4 definitions)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

grits [plural, United States]

a food made from maize (=a type of grain) that has been crushed and boiled in water, often eaten for breakfast, especially in the southern US (26 of 51 words, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

grits [singular/plural] | hominy grits [singular/plural, grits]

coarsely ground hulled grain ; especially, ground hominy with the germ removed (12 of 49 words, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

grits [singular, plural] | corn grits [singular, plural, sense-specific] | hominy grits [synonym, sense-specific]

coarsely ground hominy, boiled and sometimes then fried, eaten as a breakfast dish or as a side dish with meats. | grain hulled and coarsely ground. (25 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/grits

Cambridge Dictionary:

grit [entry 3, United States] | grits

a dish of hominy grain eaten especially as a morning meal (11 of 21 words, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

grits | hominy grits [food]

coarsely ground hulled corn that is boiled and eaten hot with butter, especially at breakfast in the southern United States | grain that has had its ... (25 of 63 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Online Etymology:

grits

Origin: plural of grit "coarsely ground grain", Old English grytt (plural grytta) "coarse meal, groats, grits", from Proto-Germanic ... (17 of 90 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

grits | grit | Grit

Origin: Old English grytt; related to Old High German gruzzi; see great, grit | Old English grēot; related to Old Norse grjōt ... (20 of 29 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

grits [singular/plural]

First use: 1579

Origin: perhaps partly from grit, partly from dialect grit coarse meal, from Old English grytt; akin to Old English grēot

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Oxford Dictionary:

grits

Origin: Old English grytt, grytte "bran, mill dust", of Germanic origin: related to Dutch grutten, German Grütze, also to "groats"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

grits

Origin: Alteration of Middle English grutta, coarse meal, from Old English grytta, plural of grytt.

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New World Dictionary:

grits [United States]

Origin: Middle English gryttes (plural) from Old English grytte, akin to German grütze

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Wiktionary:

grits

Origin: See grit ("hulled oats") | See grit (Etymology 1)

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Encarta Dictionary:

grits

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Plural of obsolete grit "chaff" from Old English grytta "coarse meal" from Germanic

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

grits | grit | Grit

Audio: British English pronunciation of "grits"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

grits [plural, United States]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "grits"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

grits [plural, United States]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "grits"

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the Free Dictionary:

grits

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Google Dictionary:

grits

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

grits

Audio: North American pronunciation of "grits"

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YourDictionary Audio:

grits

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "grits"

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