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1a : of the color gray
b : tending toward gray blue-gray eyes
c : dull in color
2 : having the hair gray : hoary
3 : clothed in gray
4a : lacking cheer or brightness in mood, outlook, style, or flavor also : dismal, gloomy a gray day
b : prosaically ordinary : dull, uninteresting the boring, gray dullness of government— P. J. O'Rourke
5 : having an intermediate and often vaguely defined position, condition, or character an ethically gray area


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\ ˈgrā How to pronounce Grey (audio) \

Definition of Grey (Entry 2 of 5)

2nd Earl 1764–1845 Charles Grey English statesman; prime minister (1830–34)


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Definition of Grey (Entry 3 of 5)

Sir Edward 1862–1933 Viscount Grey of Fallodon \ ˈfa-​lə-​dᵊn How to pronounce Grey (audio) \ English politician


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Definition of Grey (Entry 4 of 5)

Lady Jane 1537–1554 titular queen of England for 9 days


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Definition of Grey (Entry 5 of 5)

Zane 1875–1939 American novelist

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“Grey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grey. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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Kids Definition of grey

variant of gray

grey, greyout

Medical Definition of grey

chiefly British variant of gray , grayout

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