noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
Also called hominy grits. coarsely ground hominy, boiled and sometimes then fried, eaten as a breakfast dish or as a side dish with meats.
grain hulled and coarsely ground.

before 900; Middle English gryttes (plural), Old English gryt(t); cognate with German Grütze Unabridged


abrasive particles or granules, as of sand or other small, coarse impurities found in the air, food, water, etc.
firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck: She has a reputation for grit and common sense.
a coarse-grained siliceous rock, usually with sharp, angular grains.
British, gravel.
sand or other fine grainy particles eaten by fowl to aid in digestion.
verb (used with object), gritted, gritting.
to cause to grind or grate together.
verb (used without object), gritted, gritting.
to make a scratchy or slightly grating sound, as of sand being walked on; grate.
grit one's teeth, to show tenseness, anger, or determination by or as if by clamping or grinding the teeth together.

before 1000; Middle English gret, griet, grit, Old English grēot; cognate with German Griess, Old Norse grjōt pebble, boulder; see grits

gritless, adjective
gritter, noun

2. resolution, fortitude, courage. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
grit (ɡrɪt)
1.  small hard particles of sand, earth, stone, etc
2.  Also called: gritstone any coarse sandstone that can be used as a grindstone or millstone
3.  the texture or grain of stone
4.  indomitable courage, toughness, or resolution
5.  engineering an arbitrary measure of the size of abrasive particles used in a grinding wheel or other abrasive process
vb , grits, gritting, gritted
6.  to clench or grind together (two objects, esp the teeth)
7.  to cover (a surface, such as icy roads) with grit
[Old English grēot; related to Old Norse grjōt pebble, Old High German grioz; see great, groats, gruel]

Grit (ɡrɪt)
n, —adj
an informal word for Liberal

grits (ɡrɪts)
pl n
1.  hulled and coarsely ground grain
2.  (US) See hominy grits
[Old English grytt; related to Old High German gruzzi; see great, grit]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. greot "sand, dust, earth, gravel," from P.Gmc. *greutan "tiny particles of crushed rock" (cf. O.S. griot, O.Fris. gret, O.N. grjot "rock, stone," Ger. Grieß "grit, sand"), from PIE ghreu- "rub, pound, crush" (cf. Lith. grudas "corn, kernel," O.C.S. gruda "clod"). Sense of "pluck, spirit" first
recorded Amer.Eng. 1808. Gritty in sense of "unpleasant" (of literature, etc.) is 1882, in reference to the sensation of eating gritty bread.

O.E. grytt (pl. grytta) "coarse meal, groats, grits," from P.Gmc. *grutja-, from the same root as grit, the two words having influenced one another in sound development. In Amer.Eng., corn-based grits and hominy (q.v.) were used interchangeably
in Colonial times. Later, hominy meant whole kernels that had been skinned but not ground, but in the U.S. South, hominy meant skinned kernels that could be ground coarsely to make grits. In New Orleans, whole kernels are big hominy and ground kernels little hominy.
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Example sentences
Whether it's a steaming bowl of grits or a stack of tender waffles, sometimes
  all you want is breakfast-even if it's past sunset.
It came with a side of grits and a side of scolding.
Prepares breakfasts on a large scale by preparing grits and biscuits.
The lowest microbial counts occurred in the grits fraction and the highest in
  the feed from untreated blighted corn.
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