noun, often attributive
\ ˈder-ē How to pronounce dairy (audio) \
plural dairies

Definition of dairy

1 : a room, building, or establishment where milk is kept and butter or cheese is made
2a : 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
3 : an establishment for the sale or distribution chiefly of milk and milk products
4 : milk from a cow or other domestic animal (such as a goat) also : food (such as ice cream, cheese, or yogurt) made primarily of or from milk

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Other Words from dairy

dairy adjective
dairy products

Examples of dairy in a Sentence

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Vegan chocolates that are gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free — and still delicious. Elizabeth Karmel, The Seattle Times, "A dozen gifts for cooks and foodies," 4 Dec. 2018 Vanilla ice cream with Mike’s Hot Honey is one of two flavors, alongside dairy-free chocolate. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Vending Machine Offers New Twist on Soft-Serve," 5 Sep. 2018 Like cannabis edibles and dairy-free ice cream, mocktails are having a moment this summer. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 According to Starbucks, the refreshing — and syrup- and dairy-free! — drink features vanilla bean coconut milk shaken with ice and topped with shots of espresso. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Unveils New Salted Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew and Iced Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Latte," 9 July 2018 Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan flavors are all available and noted as such on the menu. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The Best Ice Cream in the U.S.," 5 July 2018 The Charmery, which also serves dairy-free and vegan options, sells ice cream cones, milkshakes, sundaes and more. Wesley Case, baltimoresun.com, "The Charmery to open its 'Ice Cream Factory' at Union Collective next week," 25 June 2018 Of course, not all creamy dairy-free substances are alike. Marian Bull, GQ, "The Best Non-Dairy Milks for Every Occasion," 12 June 2018 The restaurant opts for refreshing agua frescas and teas; cold-pressed juices; and dairy-free milks. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Design your own meal at Fresh Kitchen," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of dairy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dairy

Middle English deierie, dayerye, borrowed from Anglo-French deyerie, daerie, from Middle English deie, daie "woman in charge of milking and making butter and cheese" (going back to Old English dǣge "female baker, female servant," going back to Germanic *daigjōn—whence also Old Norse deigja "female servant"— derivative of *daiga- dough) + Anglo-French -erie -ery (after botelerie "wine cellar," paneterie "bread shop, pantry")

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English Language Learners Definition of dairy

: 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)


\ ˈder-ē How to pronounce dairy (audio) \
plural dairies

Kids Definition of dairy

1 : a place where milk is stored or is made into butter and cheese
2 : a farm that produces milk
3 : a company or a store that sells milk products

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