gri·​sette | \ gri-ˈzet How to pronounce grisette (audio) \

Definition of grisette

1 : a young French working-class woman
2 : a young woman combining part-time prostitution with some other occupation

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Recent Examples on the Web Burnt City used the yeast in a grisette, a farmhouse ale, an imperial stout, a hazy IPA and a pale ale made with Brettanomyces yeast, coconut and key lime. Josh Noel,, 29 Aug. 2019 Grisette: The grisette is an easy-drinking style originally brewed in Belgium to slake the thirst of miners., 19 July 2019 The brewers chose grisette, an old-timey French wheat-beer style. William Bostwick, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2018 There will be plenty of Spiteful’s trademark hop-forward beers and stouts, but also styles Spiteful has yet to explore: the easy-drinking, lightly fruity German-style kolsch, a doppelbock, a wit and a grisette among them. Josh Noel,, 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of grisette

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grisette

French, grisette, cheap unbleached cloth, from gris

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“Grisette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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