-ery

noun suffix

Definition of -ery

plural -eries
1 :qualities collectively :character :-ness
  • snobbery
2 :art :practice
  • quackery
  • trickery
3 :place of doing, keeping, producing, or selling (the thing specified)
  • fishery
  • bakery
  • eatery
4 :collection :aggregate
  • finery
  • greenery
5 :state or condition
  • slavery

Origin and Etymology of -ery

Middle English -erie, from Anglo-French, from -ier -er + -ie -y


-ERY Defined for English Language Learners

-ery

noun suffix

Definition of -ery for English Language Learners

  • : qualities considered as a group : character

  • : place of doing, keeping, producing, or selling (something)

  • : collection


-ERY Defined for Kids

-ery

noun suffix \ ə-rē , \

Definition of -ery for Students

plural -eries
1 :qualities considered as a group :character :-ness
2 :art :practice
  • trickery
3 :place of doing, keeping, producing, or selling
  • fishery
  • bakery
4 :collection
  • finery
5 :state or condition
  • slavery

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