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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Grait(t, Grayt, a. [After ME. and e.m.E. grait (14–16th c.), rare var. of great.] Great, in various senses. (Chiefly in 17th c.). — 1553 Prot. Bk. R. Lumsdane 14 b.
Frathin … to the blak bank and graitt poit
1570 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 656/2.
All the grait men of the Hiland of Scotland
c1590 J. Stewart 12/15.
Grayt Iupiter he [Cupid] mony times hes pynd
1604 Dundonald Par. Rec. 52.
Kaithrein Makteir … gripit hir airm and it tuik ane grait dollour thairof
1600-1610 Melvill 397.
The actes … of the Kirk is of graitter authoritie nor anie king … can giff
1639 Misc. Spald. C. II. 234.
The grait foirdoor of the Tolbuith

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