E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Grève (1 syl.).
Place de Grève. The Tyburn of ancient Paris. The present Hôtel de Ville occupies part of the site. The word grève means the strand of a river or the shore of the sea, and is so called from gravier (gravel or sand). The Place de Grève was on the bank of the Seine.
Who has eer been to Paris must needs know the Grève,