plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: coarsely ground hulled grain
especially : ground hominy with the germ removed

Examples of grits in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Right Bayou Cajun will serve shrimp and grits, grillades, boudin balls and other Cajun classics, and cider-mosa flights will be available. oregonlive, 20 Jan. 2023 Sweeney’s country-as-grits voice pairs wondrously with Gill’s pure tenor, with both voices effortlessly conveying the song’s emotional nuances. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 26 Aug. 2022 Brunch features giant doughnut holes, grilled peach bruschetta, hot maple chicken, smash burgers, chicken and grits, shrimp benny and more. Dallas News, 28 June 2022 There is no doubt that the flavor of grits and gravy — Blakey’s hard bop earthiness — radiates from Green’s propulsive playing. Bo Emerson, ajc, 18 Apr. 2022 And with success, the garlic pickles and garlic jerky had been complemented with more sophisticated fare — garlic goat cheese soufflé, roasted garlic grits and smoky garlic shrimp, among them. Steve Marbleobituaries Editor, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2022 The food service started Wednesday morning and was still going Thursday morning, with Boyd and other volunteers offering sausage, eggs, grits, biscuits, sweets, and orange juice. Mike Cason |, al, 1 Dec. 2022 During a recent visit to the Southern American restaurant Rosie’s in Miami, the grandma plates added just the right amount of hominess to my already comforting fish and grits. The Bon Appétit Staff & Contributors, Bon Appétit, 14 Sep. 2022 The most popular items are chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and lobster truffle mac and cheese. Jeff Fedotin, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022

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Word History


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/.

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grits was in 1579

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Cite this Entry

“Grits.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural noun
: coarsely ground hulled grain
hominy grits
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