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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. superiority, mastery, or victory.
  2. the prize for victory.
  3. Obsolete. a step.
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Origin of gree1

1275–1325; Middle English gre < Old French < Latin gradus step, grade; cf. degree


noun Archaic.
  1. favor; goodwill.
  2. satisfaction, as for an injury.
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Origin of gree2

1250–1300; Middle English gre < Old French gre (French gré) < Latin grātum what is agreeable


verb (used with or without object), greed, gree·ing. British Dialect.
  1. agree.
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Origin of gree3

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at gree2
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Examples from the Web for grees

Historical Examples

  • Three times they were halted before they reached a point on the Boston side just above Grees shipyard.

    The Young Continentals at Bunker Hill

    John T. McIntyre

  • Welt the bulk 'grees with the sample; I knows where to find eightscore and nine to match this here.

    Hard Cash

    Charles Reade

  • Dey tell us what dey gwine do iffen we don't all go back to us massas and us all 'grees and den dey all dis'pear.

  • After there, C inserts 38 grees, at is; and omits the words of the pole, 51 degrees and 50 minutes.

  • But it 'grees with him, he don't get so very thin; most others would be worn to skin and bone afore this.

British Dictionary definitions for grees


noun Scot archaic
  1. superiority or victory
  2. the prize for a victory
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French gré, from Latin gradus step


noun obsolete
  1. goodwill; favour
  2. satisfaction for an insult or injury
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French gré, from Latin grātum what is pleasing; see grateful


verb grees, greeing or greed
  1. archaic, or dialect to come or cause to come to agreement or harmony
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Word Origin

C14: variant of agree
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