- 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.
gist definition by Webster's New World
- Law the grounds for action in a lawsuit
- the essence or main point, as of an article or argument
Origin: Middle 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
gist definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.