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Protection or sanctuary provided by Old English law to persons in certain circumstances, as when in a church or traveling on the king's highway.
[Middle English, from Old English, from Old Norse gridh, domicile, asylum.]
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1. (Law) English legal history security, peace, or protection, guaranteed either in a certain place, such as a church, or for a period of time
2. (Law) a place of safety or protection
[Old English grith; related to Old Norse grith home]
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(in medieval England) protection or asylum for a limited period of time, as under church or crown.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Old Norse grith asylum, protection (as in a home)]
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