noun Chiefly Scot.

protection or asylum for a limited period of time, as under church or crown.

Nearby words

  1. gristmill,
  2. griswold,
  3. griswold versus connecticut,
  4. grit,
  5. grit one's teeth,
  6. grits,
  7. gritter,
  8. gritti-stokes amputation,
  9. gritting,
  10. gritty

Origin of grith

before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Old Norse grith asylum, protection (as in a home) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for grith



English legal history security, peace, or protection, guaranteed either in a certain place, such as a church, or for a period of time
a place of safety or protection

Word Origin for grith

Old English grith; related to Old Norse grith home

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