EXAMPLES | noun a village in S Scotland, near the English border, to which many English couples formerly eloped to be married.
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Word Origin and History for gretna green
town in Scotland just across the border, proverbial from late 18c. as the customery place for English couples to run off and be married without parental consent.
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