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noun Chiefly Literary.
  1. a grotto.
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Origin of grot

1500–10; < French grotte < Italian grotta; see grotto
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Historical Examples

  • Hence to Sir Guy's grot, where they say he did his penances, and died.

    The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)

    John Evelyn

  • There he had two mummies; a grot where he lay in a hammock, like an Indian.

  • Now the original idea of a Christian church was that of a grot; a cave.

    Health and Education

    Charles Kingsley

  • Still, the idea that the church was to be a grot haunted the minds of builders.

    Health and Education

    Charles Kingsley

  • Now the original idea of a Christian church was that of a grot—a cave.

British Dictionary definitions for grot


  1. slang rubbish; dirt
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Word Origin

C20: from grotty


  1. a poetic word for grotto
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Word Origin

C16: from French grotte, from Old Italian grotta; see grotto
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Word Origin and History for grot


short for grotto, c.1500; perhaps from or influenced by French grotte.

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