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

Examples of brick-and-mortar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rosemarie’s Burgers Chef Nick Balsamo’s Rosemarie’s Burgers started out in 2018 as a farmers market pop-up, transitioned to a food truck in 2022 and moved into its first brick-and-mortar location last June in Mission Beach. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Apr. 2024 At the center of the case are seven sites near San Diego and Jacumba Hot Springs, a remote area of Southern California, where migrants have waited for hours or days before Border Patrol agents transfer them to brick-and-mortar detention facilities to formally process them. Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, 4 Apr. 2024 After years of perfecting the recipe, the result was a pop-up and finally, a brick-and-mortar in 2018 in Berkeley. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 Lastly, renowned designer Phoebe Philo’s eponymous brand announced it will be sold at Bergdorf Goodman, making this the brand’s first brick-and-mortar debut. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 4 Apr. 2024 Museums disappear, even when brick-and-mortar stands. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Candidate demonstrates exceptional skills and can be affiliated with any food business and does not need a brick-and-mortar presence. Brock Keeling, Orange County Register, 3 Apr. 2024 Online pharmacies often offer lower prices for generic Viagra compared to brick-and-mortar pharmacies. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 From that point, Cooper had a near insatiable drive — and appetite — to not only make pastries and cakes, but also to establish her own brick-and-mortar bakery. Charlotte Observer, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brick-and-mortar was in 1975

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“Brick-and-mortar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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