brick-and-mortar

adjective
brick-and-mor·​tar | \ ˈbrik-ən(d)-ˈmȯr-tər How to pronounce brick-and-mortar (audio) \
variants: or bricks-and-mortar

Definition of brick-and-mortar

: relating to or being a traditional business serving customers in a building as contrasted to an online business a brick-and-mortar store

First Known Use of brick-and-mortar

1975, in the meaning defined above

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“Brick-and-mortar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brick-and-mortar. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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