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Definition of grits

: coarsely ground hulled grain especially : ground hominy with the germ removed

Examples of grits in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Congee’s consistency mainly depends on personal preferences; it can be cooked thin like a soup or thick like grits. Jenny Liao, Bon Appétit, 8 June 2022 New to the downtown scene is Khalipha's Mobile Kitchen with halal beef ribs and lamb shanks and the Egg Hunt food truck with chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy options. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 15 May 2022 Those red beet grits are topped with a spicy pineapple chow chow, another preservation sought after in Southern cooking. Lyndsay C. Green, Detroit Free Press, 26 Apr. 2022 Zaslav confirmed that the newly-merged Discovery and WarnerMedia, including CNN, will combine many types of programming, from HBO's gritty dramas to Food Network's grits recipes, on a single global streaming platform. Brian Stelter, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 The portobello mushroom appetizer stuns with its rich flavor, and the Smoky Mountain trout and creamy shrimp and grits are also standouts. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Bailey’s dishes like foie and grits, sizzling smoky pig and smashed potatoes with brewer’s yeast have kept diners coming time and again over the years. Michelle Gross, Robb Report, 1 Mar. 2022 In each city, Big Bad Breakfast tries to partner with local farms for items like grits, honey, syrup or molasses. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 8 Feb. 2022 Alamo Biscuit offers a diverse menu, including nachos, shrimp and grits, burgers, and tacos. Camille Sauers, Chron, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grits

1579, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grits

late Old English grutta "bran, coarse meal," going back to Old English grytt "finely ground flour," going back to Germanic grutjō- or grutja- (whence also Middle Dutch gorte "groats, grits" [with metathesis], Middle Low German grütte, Old High German gruzzi), noun derivative from zero-grade of *greutan- "to grind, crush" — more at grit entry 1

Note: The history of this word prior to its appearance in the plural form grits in the seventeenth century is somewhat obscure. Slightly earlier than grits in printed works are greates (1594) and greyts (1597), which appear to have taken their form from descendants of Old English grēot "grit, gravel" (see grit entry 1), and a metathetic form gurts. Middle English evidence is lacking following the transitional Old English/Middle English forms grutta (Medicina de Quadrupedibus) and gruta (from a late copy of Ælfric's Old English-Latin glossary in the Worcester Fragments), with <u> presumably for /y/.

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26 Jun 2022

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“Grits.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grits. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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: coarsely ground hulled grain


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