grocery

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a grocery

Pronunciation[change]

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɡɹəʊsəɹi/
  • (GenAm) IPA: /ˈɡɹoʊsəɹi/, IPA: /ˈɡɹoʊsɹi/, IPA: /ˈɡɹoʊʃɹi/

Noun[change]

Singular
grocery

Plural
groceries

  1. Usually groceries; retail foodstuffs and other household supplies. Script error: The module returned a value. It is supposed to return an export table.
    • 1776: Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
      Where ten thousand pounds can be employed in the grocery trade, the wages of the grocer's labour make but a very trifling addition...
    • 1850, Thomas Carlyle, Latter-Day Pamphlets, The present time
      Did not cotton spin itself, beef grow, and groceries and spiceries come in from the East and the West, quite comfortably by the side of shams?
  2. A grocery is a shop or store that sells groceries. Script error: The module returned a value. It is supposed to return an export table.
    • 1854: Henry David Thoreau, Walden
      I observed that the vitals of the village were the grocery, the bar-room, the post-office, and the bank...

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