The definition of gist is the main point.(noun)
See gist in Webster's New World College Dictionary
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
See gist in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From Anglo-Norman (cest action) gist, (this action) lies
Origin: , third person sing. of gesir, to lie
Origin: , from Latin iacēre; see yē- in Indo-European roots.
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