What will you do when you are old and gray?
My friends have all gone gray.
It was a gray winter day.
the gray faces of the people in the crowd
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The combination is picked up as a camouflage pattern on the matching green, black and gray strap, which gives it the overall feel of something that might be worn by a swarthy actor in a movie that involves trekking through the Amazon.—Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 Choose from three different colors: black, gray, and a mint green.—Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 28 Nov. 2023 The Bernardo Modern Trench Coat that’s just $130 for Cyber Monday comes in two attractive neutral colors (a smoke gray and a tan), or to stand out a little more on those gray days, buy the J.Crew New Icon Trench that comes in a beautifully bright green and is only $173.—Jamie Hergenrader, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 Sacai and Moncler, two high-fashion brands have come together to create an outerwear collection filled with high-quality Black and gray puffers and more.—Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 27 Nov. 2023 On her eyes, Solomon leaned into the holiday vibes with a soft emerald and gray shadow combo and lots of black liner on both the upper and lower lashline, followed by Rare's Perfect Strokes Mascara.—Kara Nesvig, Allure, 27 Nov. 2023 In the opening shot, she could be seen looking happily at the pink Christmas tree as Phoenix, in a gray knit turkey hat and matching gray onesie, laughed in her arms.—Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 26 Nov. 2023 Look sharp, play sharp Mount Miguel dresses in four uniforms: black, white, red and gray.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Nov. 2023 But in many places, under the gray sky, trees seemed mainly to demonstrate the complementarity of black and brown.—Martin Weil, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023
Dressing in all gray is an elegant way to embrace the monochromatic trend.—Christina Holevas, Vogue, 28 Nov. 2023 With three neutral colorways (beige, charcoal gray, and light gray), the ottoman will blend seamlessly with any style.—Gabriela Izquierdo, Southern Living, 7 Nov. 2023 The latter is thanks in part to herringbone highlights, an ingenious coloring concept that works with your grays rather than against them.—Hannah Coates, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023 Choose from 21 colors including dusty gray, indigo blue, olive green, and more.—Rachel Simon, Travel + Leisure, 13 Nov. 2023 The lounging area towards the back of the store featured a large woven rug in a beige colorway with speckles of gray surrounded by mannequins wearing swimwear, artisanal fringe, and plissé sculptural dresses.—Essence, 10 Nov. 2023 Someone absorbing four grays (equivalent to four joules of radiation energy per kilogram of body weight) would have a 50 percent chance of dying, but people sheltering in bigger buildings would receive smaller doses.—Sébastien Philippe, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 Patrick Dempsey's Hair in 2005 In the 2010s, the actor went shorter for a while, and started letting his pops of gray come through.—Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2023 At some point, the vehicle was painted dark gray but was returned to its original color during a partial restoration before receiving its Ferrari Classiche certification in 2014, according to the auction listing.—Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2023
But as the years progress, his joints will stiffen and his muzzle will gray.—Emily Anthes, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Nobody would have needed to be saddled with synthetic crow’s feet or frosted graying hair.—Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Oct. 2023 At sixty-three, Hand is lean and slight, with graying ginger stubble.—Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 19 Oct. 2023 As the series opens, fans are introduced to Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood), the graying CEO of Fortunado Industries — a massive pharmaceutical conglomerate with a signature drug that’s equivalent to the highly addictive opioid OxyContin.—Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 This true-to-name style is available in six different washes, from light to gray, and is made from 100 percent organic cotton, which means that this pair is sustainable (total perk) but pretty stiff due to its non-stretch fabric.—Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 25 Sep. 2023 The sound studio, located amid a graying backdrop of warehouses on Massachusetts Avenue, is an unexpected island of creativity and hope.—Melanie Stetson Freeman, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Sep. 2023 Kate Middleton combined her sleeveless knitted piece with a minimalist outfit consisting of a white blouse and gray wide-leg pleated pants by Sézane.—Katharina Fuchs, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2023 Penn first visited Ukraine in the fall of 2021, and the country’s optimism for their new leader had faded to gray.—Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 See More
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Adjective, Noun (1), and Verb
Middle English, from Old English grǣg; akin to Old High German grīs, grāo gray
Louis H. Gray †1965 British radiobiologist
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2