The definition of gist is the main point.noun
- An example of gist is when you sum up in one sentence what someone has just said to you.
- An example of gist is the legal grounds for a lawsuit.
- Law the grounds for action in a lawsuit
- the essence or main point, as of an article or argument
Origin: ME giste < OFr, abode, point at issue < 3d pers. sing., pres. indic., of gesir, to lie < L jacere, to lie; sense infl. by Anglo-Fr legal phrase l'action gist, lit., the action lies
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- The central idea; the essence. See Synonyms at substance.
- Law The grounds for action in a suit.
Origin: From Anglo-Norman (cest action) gist, (this action) lies, third person sing. of gesir, to lie, from Latin iacēre; see yē- in Indo-European roots.