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gist (dʒɪst Pronunciation for gist



  1. the point or substance of an argument, speech, etc
  2. (law) the essential point of an action

Word Origin

C18: from Anglo-French, as in cest action gist en this action consists in, literally: lies in, from Old French gésir to lie, from Latin jacēre, from jacere to throw

Translations for 'gist'

  • British English: gist The gist of a speech, conversation, or piece of writing is its general meaning. NOUNHe related the gist of his conversation to this man.the gist of
  • Brazilian Portuguese: essencial
  • Chinese: 要点要点點
  • European Spanish: lo esencial
  • French: essentiel
  • German: Wesentliche Wesentliches
  • Italian: succo
  • Japanese: 要点
  • Korean: 요지
  • Portuguese: essencial
  • Spanish: lo esencial

Example Sentences Including 'gist'

"Hello Steven lad, fancy coming to the World Cup," was the gist of the greeting from McCarthy.
Irish Times (2002)
I was put on to Mr Perigord, and I gave him the gist of the story.
Meek, M R D In Remembrance of Rose
That was the gist of Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha's speech last week at a conference of senior officials of the Income-Tax Department.
India Today
The general gist of it seems to be a young man warning a young woman that her values are getting all stuffed up.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The gist : `We can all recognise that abortion in many ways represents a sad, even tragic choice to many, many women.
Times, Sunday Times (2005)
The gist of the message was that Devlin was proceeding to Paris with the intention of meeting with Tanya Voroninova.
Higgins, Jack Confessional
The gist of what is said; the grist of contention; the kernel of the hard nut of change.
The gist seemed to be: we can spend money on anything we like.
The Australian (2004)
Then she calmed down, as I sensed the gist of my message catch.
Nowinski, Joseph Men, Love and Sex - a couple's guide to male sexual fulfilment


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