agent·​ry ˈā-jən-trē How to pronounce agentry (audio)
plural agentries
: the office, duties, or activities of an agent

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web According to the dogma of zealous press agentry, the event constituted blasphemy. Alex Traub, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2022 For all the high stakes, agentry is at base a service job, and Paul came to it with none of the usual credentials—no law, business or even undergrad degree., 12 June 2019

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Word History


agent + -ry

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agentry was in 1638

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Cite this Entry

“Agentry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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