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[French gree-zawn] /French griˈzɔ̃/
a canton in E Switzerland. 2747 sq. mi. (7115 sq. km).
Capital: Chur.
German Graubünden.


[grahy-suh n, griz-uh n] /ˈgraɪ sən, ˈgrɪz ən/
a weasellike carnivore, Galictis vittata, ranging from southern Mexico to Peru, having a grayish-white upper body, a distinctive white stripe across the forehead and ears, and a dark brown face, chest, and legs.
Origin of grison
1790-1800; < French, equivalent to Middle French gris gray (see griseous) + -on diminutive suffix Unabridged
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  • It is the capital of the Canton of Grisons, and was the seat of a bishop as early as 562.

  • I remember, in 1828, to have met one of these in the Grisons, near the upper end of the valley of the Rhine.

    A Residence in France J. Fenimore Cooper
  • In their period of power, the Grisons masters had treated their Italian dependencies with harshness.

  • Reprinting it in 1879, after eighteen months spent continuously in one high valley of the Grisons, I feel how slight it is.

  • You made us wait long enough; I began to fear that you had taken root in the Grisons.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • It had invaded the country of the Grisons, and the Valtelline, and was preparing to come down on the Milanese.

    The Betrothed

    Alessandro Manzoni
  • One day, a stranger from Zurich crossed the river, and waited on the saddler of Flasch, the frontier village of the Grisons.

  • Even on one's way to Italy one may spare a throb of desire for the beautiful vision of the castled Grisons.

    Italian Hours Henry James
  • Compelled to flee from their native land, they naturally took refuge in Switzerland or in the Grisons.

  • In 1481, cockchafers committed great ravages in the Grisons.

    Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
British Dictionary definitions for Grisons


the French name for Graubünden


/ˈɡraɪsən; ˈɡrɪzən/
either of two musteline mammals, Grison (or Galictis) cuja or G. vittata, of Central and South America, having a greyish back and black face and underparts
Word Origin
C18: from French, from grison grey animal, from Old French gris grey
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