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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRAY

It faded soon into a gray fog, with puffs of wind from the southwest again.

Gray Peter had been fresher than Sally at the end of the run of the day before.

"We'll let the men wrestle with the unpacking, girls," decided Mrs. Gray.

"I think I'll wait for you on the veranda, children," said Mrs. Gray.

Then I come on a slab of gray stone upstanding about fifteen feet.

Thank goodness and Mrs. Gray, there are no carpets to be laid.

"You are in splendid condition, Elfreda," praised Mrs. Gray.

All in all, Gray Peter was a glorious machine; Sally was a tricky intelligence.

Gray Peter's heart was never in doubt, but what would Sally's courage be in a pinch?

Dozier kept Gray Peter at a steady pace, never varying his gait.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English græg (Mercian grei), from Proto-Germanic *grisja- "gray" (cf. Old Norse grar, Old Frisian gre, Middle Dutch gra, Dutch graw, Old High German grao, German grau), with no certain cognates outside Germanic. French gris, Spanish gris, Italian grigio, Medieval Latin griseus are Germanic loan-words.

The distinction between British grey and U.S. gray developed 20c. The noun is c.1200, from the adjective. Gray as figurative for "Southern troops in the U.S. Civil War" is first recorded 1863, in reference to their uniform color. Expression the gray mare is the better horse in reference to households ruled by wives is recorded from 1540s. The verb is 1610s (with an isolated instance from late 14c.). Related: Grayed; graying.

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