noun, plural gris-gris [gree-greez] /ˈgri griz/.


or gree·gree, gris-gris


noun, plural gri·gris.

an African charm, amulet, or fetish.

Origin of grigri

First recorded in 1755–65, grigri is from the French word gris-gris, grigri, first recorded in West Africa in 1557; origin obscure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gris-gris

Historical Examples of gris-gris

  • Fetichistic peoples consider certain objects called fetiches, gris-gris, etc., as beings endowed with an inherent will and power.

    The Races of Man

    Joseph Deniker

British Dictionary definitions for gris-gris


noun plural -gris (-ɡriːz)

a variant spelling of grigri


gris-gris or greegree

noun plural -gris (-ɡriːz) or -grees

an African talisman, amulet, or charm

Word Origin for grigri

of African origin
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