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Definition of 'grey'


  1. United States writer of western adventure novels (1875-1939)
       Synonyms: Zane Grey
  2. Queen of England for nine days in 1553; she was quickly replaced by Mary Tudor and beheaded for treason (1537-1554)
       Synonyms: Lady Jane Grey
  3. Englishman who as Prime Minister implemented social reforms including the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire (1764-1845)
       Synonyms: Charles Grey Second Earl Grey
  4. any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey; "the Confederate army was a vast grey"
       Synonyms: gray
  5. a neutral achromatic color midway between white and black
       Synonyms: gray grayness greyness
  6. clothing that is a grey color; "he was dressed in grey"
       Synonyms: gray
  7. horse of a light gray or whitish color
       Synonyms: gray


  1. make grey; "The painter decided to grey the sky"
       Synonyms: gray
  2. turn grey; "Her hair began to grey"
       Synonyms: gray


  1. of an achromatic color of any lightness intermediate between the extremes of white and black; "the little grey cells"; "gray flannel suit"; "a man with greyish hair"
       Synonyms: gray greyish grayish
  2. showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair; "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge; "nodded his hoary head"
       Synonyms: gray grey-haired gray-haired grey-headed gray-headed grizzly hoar hoary white-haired
  3. used to signify the Confederate forces in the American Civil War (who wore grey uniforms); "a stalwart grey figure"
       Synonyms: gray
  4. intermediate in character or position; "a grey area between clearly legal and strictly illegal"
       Synonyms: gray
  5. darkened with overcast; "a dark day"; "a dull sky"; "a grey rainy afternoon"; "grey clouds"; "the sky was leaden and thick"
       Synonyms: dull gray leaden

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