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  1. a mill for grinding grain, especially the customer's own grain.
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Origin of gristmill

First recorded in 1595–1605; grist + mill1
Related formsgrist·mill·er, noungrist·mill·ing, noun
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Historical Examples of gristmill

  • Further down the stream was Millvale, where were three mills, one a gristmill.


    Samuel T. Pickard

  • We passed his gristmill on Mill River, the only one in the neighborhood.

  • Then he turned around and ran down the hill as far as the gristmill.

    The Tale of Old Dog Spot

    Arthur Scott Bailey

  • They are making a windmill to saw lumber and we also have a gristmill.

  • Luckily the gristmill had not quite all the wheat in the world.

    The Tale of Frisky Squirrel

    Arthur Scott Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for gristmill


  1. a mill, esp one equipped with large grinding stones for grinding grain
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Word Origin and History for gristmill


c.1600, from grist (n.) + mill (n.).

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