[gras-roots, -roo ts, grahs-]

noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Also grass roots.

the common or ordinary people, especially as contrasted with the leadership or elite of a political party, social organization, etc.; the rank and file.
the agricultural and rural areas of a country.
the people inhabiting these areas, especially as a political, social, or economic group.
the origin or basis of something; the basic or primary concept, rule, part, or the like.

adjective Also grass-roots.

of, relating to, or involving the common people, especially as contrasted with or separable from an elite: a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament.

Nearby words

  1. grassman's law,
  2. grasso,
  3. grasso, ella tambussi,
  4. grassplot,
  5. grassquit,
  6. grassy,
  7. grate,
  8. grateful,
  9. grateful dead,
  10. gratefully

Origin of grassroots

1910–15 Americanism for def 1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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