Definition of grits in English:


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Pronunciation: /grɪts


[also treated as singular] US
  • 1A dish of coarsely ground maize kernels boiled with water or milk.
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    • Enjoy grits with butter, brown sugar or with a splash of maple syrup.
    • I love grits, too, whether with eggs and sausage or topped with shrimp in true ‘low country’ style.
    • Almost immediately a servant brought her a plate of eggs, bacon, grits and sausage, each in small portions and all very southern.
  • 1.1Coarsely ground maize kernels used to make grits.
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    • In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, bring the grits, milk, and chicken stock to a boil.
    • In a bowl, combine the grits, masa, and salt and mix well.
    • As luck would have it - and because I too have a bit of the South in me - I had a bag of stoneground South Carolina grits in my freezer.


Old English grytt, grytte 'bran, mill dust', of Germanic origin: related to Dutch grutten, German Grütze, also to groats.

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