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A French working-class girl or young woman.

[French, a cheap gray dress fabric, grisette, from gris, gray; see grisaille.]


1. (esp formerly) a French working-class girl, esp a pretty or flirtatious one
2. (Plants) an edible toadstool of the genus Amanita of broad-leaved and birch woods
[C18: from French, from grisette grey fabric used for dresses, from gris grey]



a young French workingwoman.
[1690–1700; < French =gris gray (see griseous) + -ette -ette]
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The chevalier, who, you must know, was a sly old bird, lowered his right eye on the grisette, still holding the razor at his throat, and pretended to understand.
But, Monsieur le chevalier," said the grisette, "the matter now concerns the morals and honor of your poor little Suzanne, and I hope you won't abandon her.
He comprehended at last that I wanted to see a grisette.
or is she some naughty little grisette with an extravagant lover?
Still Adrienne thought herself the obliged party, in times as critical as those which then hung over France, in being permitted to toil for a sum that would barely supply a grisette, accustomed all her life to privations, with the coarsest necessaries.
In twenty horses for saddle and draught, which I have particularly at my chateau of Pierrefonds, and which are called - Bayard, Roland, Charlemagne, Pepin, Dunois, La Hire, Ogier, Samson, Milo, Nimrod, Urganda, Armida, Flastrade, Dalilah, Rebecca, Yolande, Finette, Grisette, Lisette, and Musette.
And for whom-for some GRISETTE, some chambermaid with whom I have trifled in some garrison?
Well, then, let us say no more about it," said D'Artagnan; "and let us burn this letter, which, no doubt, announces to you some fresh infidelity of your GRISETTE or your chambermaid.
He wrote him love letters signed "Comtesse de M--" or "Marquise de B--"; took him to the Opera on gala days and presented him to some grisette under the clock, after calling everybody's attention to the young fool.
He wore elegant boots with black trousers strapped under them, a fancy waistcoat, a becoming blue coat, collars that were the never-ending gift of grisettes, one of Bandoni's hats, and a pair of dark-colored kid gloves.
The wench I should have been courting now was journalism, that grisette of literature who has a smile and a hand for all beginners, welcoming them at the threshold, teaching them so much that is worth knowing, introducing them to the other lady whom they have worshipped from afar, showing them even how to woo her, and then bidding them a bright God-speed - he were an ingrate who, having had her joyous companionship, no longer flings her a kiss as they pass.
Women of a certain grade are like prosperous grisettes in one respect, they seldom return home after twelve o'clock.