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. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for grith


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

Word Origin for grith

Old English grith; related to Old Norse grith home
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