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.
Origin of gist
- From Anglo-Norman (cest action) gist (this action) lies third person sing. of gesir to lie from Latin iacēre yē- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French gist, from the verb gesir (“to lie down”), from Latin iaceō. Compare Modern French gésir or gîte (“lodging”).