- The definition of gist is the main point.
- 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 of gistMiddle English giste ; from Old French abode, point at issue ; from 3d person; personal (grammar) singular , present tense indicative , of gesir, to lie ; from Classical Latin jacere, to lie; sense influenced, influence by Anglo-French legal phrase l'action gist, literally , the action lies
- The central idea; the essence. See Synonyms at substance.
- Law The grounds for action in a suit.
Origin of gistFrom Anglo-Norman (cest action) gist, (this action) lies, third person sing. of gesir, to lie, from Latin iacēre; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
- The most essential part; the main idea or substance (of a longer or more complicated matter); the crux of a matter
- (law, dated) The essential ground for action in a suit, without which there is no cause of action.
(third-person singular simple present gists, present participle gisting, simple past and past participle gisted)
- To summarize, to extract and present the most important parts of.
From Old French gist, from the verb gesir (“to lie down”), from Latin iaceō. Compare Modern French gésir or gîte (“lodging”).