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Apr 8, 2011
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Words borrowed from French

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soubrette
beau geste
volte-face
entrepot
gris-gris

gris-gris
A Senegalese child with gris-gris

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gris-gris or grigri or greegree

PRONUNCIATION:
(GREE-gree)

MEANING:
noun: A charm, amulet, or fetish.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French, of West African origin. Earliest documented use: 1698.

USAGE:
"The marabout [a Muslim holy man] produced a small calculator, punched in some numbers, and quoted a price of more than a thousand dollars for the gris-gris. 'With it you can walk across the entire desert and no one will harm you,' he promised."
Peter Gwin; The Telltale Scribes of Timbuktu; National Geographic (Washington, DC); Jan 2011.

See more usage examples of gris-gris in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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