Origin of gist
Examples from the Web for gist
One niece of a victim wrote her a letter, the gist of which was, “Lois Robison, shut up,” she said.Wisconsin Spa Shooting Brings Back Painful Memories for the Moms of Mass Killers|Winston Ross|October 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But, in short, the gist of this argument is: Afghanistan's a loser.
These words sum up the gist of his international aims during the three following years.Woodrow Wilson and the World War|Charles Seymour
I had entirely forgotten the gist of our conversation before I left him; he had been thinking of nothing else.Witching Hill|E. W. Hornung
The gist of the Minority Report so far, at any rate, as the non-able-bodied are concerned may be put even more shortly.English Poor Law Policy|Sidney Webb
As to the gist of the letter itself, it was some time before he understood it.The Vicar of Bullhampton|Anthony Trollope
Those are not the words of her mind—only the gist of her thought.It Never Can Happen Again|William De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for gist
Word Origin for gist
Word Origin and History for gist
1711, "the real point" (of a law case, etc.), from Anglo-French legalese phrases, e.g. cest action gist "this action lies," meaning "this case is sustainable by law," from Old French gist en "it consists in, it lies in" (third person singular present indicative of gésir "to lie"), from Latin iacet "it lies," from iacere "to lie, rest," related to iacere "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Extended sense of "essence" first recorded 1823.