Borrowed from French grade ("a grade, degree"), from Latin gradus ("a step, pace, a step in a ladder or stair, a station, position, degree"), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰradʰ-, *gʰredʰ-. Cognate with Gothic 𐌲𐍂𐌹𐌸𐍃 ("step, grade"), Bavarian Gritt ("step, stride"), Lithuanian grìdiju ("to go, wander").
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