- Charles, 2nd Earl,1764–1845, British statesman: prime minister 1830–34.
- Sir EdwardViscount Fallodon, 1862–1933, British statesman.
- Sir George,1812–98, British statesman and colonial administrator: prime minister of New Zealand 1877–79.
- Lady JaneLady Jane Dudley, 1537–54, descendant of Henry VII of England; executed under orders of Mary I to eliminate her as a rival for the throne.
- Zane [zeyn] /zeɪn/, 1875–1939, U.S. novelist.
- of a color between white and black; having a neutral hue.
- dark, dismal, or gloomy: gray skies.
- dull, dreary, or monotonous.
- having gray hair; gray-headed.
- pertaining to old age; mature.
- Informal. pertaining to, involving, or composed of older persons: gray households.
- old or ancient.
- indeterminate and intermediate in character: The tax audit concentrated on deductions in the gray area between purely personal and purely business expenses.
- any achromatic color; any color with zero chroma, intermediate between white and black.
- something of this color.
- gray material or clothing: to dress in gray.
- an unbleached and undyed condition.
- (often initial capital letter) a member of the Confederate army in the American Civil War or the army itself.Compare blue(def 5).
- a horse of a gray color.
- a horse that appears white but is not an albino.
- to make or become gray.
Origin of gray1
Related Words for greydusty, drab, grey, silvery, stone, lead, slate, neutral, pearly, powder, iron, dappled, shaded, clouded, ash, heather, silvered, Dove, oyster, ashen
Examples from the Web for grey
Contemporary Examples of grey
Lacey Noonan's A Gronking to Remember makes 50 Shades of Grey look like Madame Bovary in terms of its literary sophistication.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
The acts Grey performs on Steele are all popular among BDSM enthusiasts.Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix
November 25, 2014
We sat in rows of grey steel fold out chairs that faced a model of the compound in Abbottabad.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
The Grey Lady said that a series of badly mishandled global crises has “fueled speculation that Mr. Obama may shake up his team.”Before Ditching His Top Aides, Obama Should Look in the Mirror
Leslie H. Gelb
November 2, 2014
If this was their reaction to brown and grey,” I wondered, “how would they react to the sight of pink or red?Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of grey
The old man was peering at him sharply from under the grey protruding brows.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She was a widow, and had loved her husband, and her sky was still tinged with grey.Viviette
William J. Locke
For half an hour I stood there in the grey November rain surrounded by a jeering mob.De Profundis
It will be seen that our grey skies and mean-looking dwellings have compensations.In the Heart of Vosges
It was shaded by dark chestnut hair, just silvered with grey.Heroes of the Telegraph
now esp US gray
- of a neutral tone, intermediate between black and white, that has no hue and reflects and transmits only a little light
- greyish in colour or having parts or marks that are greyish
- dismal or dark, esp from lack of light; gloomy
- neutral or dull, esp in character or opinion
- having grey hair
- of or relating to people of middle age or abovegrey power
- ancient; venerable
- (of textiles) natural, unbleached, undyed, and untreated
- any of a group of grey tones
- grey cloth or clothingdressed in grey
- an animal, esp a horse, that is grey or whitish
- to become or make grey
Word Origin for grey
- Charles, 2nd Earl Grey. 1764–1845, British statesman. As Whig prime minister (1830–34), he carried the Reform Bill of 1832 and the bill for the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1833)
- Sir Edward, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon. 1862–1933, British statesman; foreign secretary (1905–16)
- Sir George. 1812–98, British statesman and colonial administrator; prime minister of New Zealand (1877–79)
- Lady Jane. 1537–54, queen of England (July 9–19, 1553); great-granddaughter of Henry VII. Her father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland, persuaded Edward VI to alter the succession in her favour, but after ten days as queen she was imprisoned and later executed
- Zane. 1875–1939, US author of Westerns, including Riders of the Purple Sage (1912)
- a variant spelling (now esp US) of grey
- the derived SI unit of absorbed ionizing radiation dose or kerma equivalent to an absorption per unit mass of one joule per kilogram of irradiated material. 1 gray is equivalent to 100 radsSymbol: Gy
Word Origin for gray
- Thomas. 1716–71, English poet, best known for his Elegy written in a Country Churchyard (1751)
Old English græg (Mercian grei), from Proto-Germanic *grisja- "gray" (cf. Old Norse grar, Old Frisian gre, Middle Dutch gra, Dutch graw, Old High German grao, German grau), with no certain cognates outside Germanic. French gris, Spanish gris, Italian grigio, Medieval Latin griseus are Germanic loan-words.
The distinction between British grey and U.S. gray developed 20c. The noun is c.1200, from the adjective. Gray as figurative for "Southern troops in the U.S. Civil War" is first recorded 1863, in reference to their uniform color. Expression the gray mare is the better horse in reference to households ruled by wives is recorded from 1540s. The verb is 1610s (with an isolated instance from late 14c.). Related: Grayed; graying.
- A unit for a specific absorbed dose of radiation equal to 100 rads.
- British anatomist whose work Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical (1858), known as Gray's Anatomy, remains a standard text.
- The SI derived unit used to measure the energy absorbed by a substance per unit weight of the substance when exposed to radiation. One gray is equal to one joule per kilogram, or 100 rads. The gray is named after British physicist Louis Harold Gray (1905-1965).
In addition to the idioms beginning with gray
- gray area
- gray matter
- get gray hair from