grass roots

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of grass roots

  1. 1 :  the very foundation or source You must attack the problem at the grass roots.

  2. 2 :  the basic level of society or of an organization especially as viewed in relation to higher or more centralized positions of power was losing touch with the party's grass roots

1901

First Known Use of grass roots

1901


GRASS ROOTS Defined for English Language Learners

grass roots

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of grass roots for English Language Learners

  • : the ordinary people in a society or organization : the people who do not have a lot of money and power


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