noun, often attributive \ˈder-ē\

: a farm that produces milk

: a place where milk is kept and butter or cheese is made

: a company that sells milk and foods made from milk (such as butter and cheese)

plural dair·ies

Full Definition of DAIRY

:  a room, building, or establishment where milk is kept and butter or cheese is made
a :  the department of farming or of a farm that is concerned with the production of milk, butter, and cheese
b :  a farm devoted to such production
:  an establishment for the sale or distribution chiefly of milk and milk products

Origin of DAIRY

Middle English deyerie, from deye dairymaid, from Old English ̄ge kneader of bread; akin to Old English dāg dough — more at dough
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut


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