dairy

noun, often attributive
\ ˈder-ē \
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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His father sold equipment used in dairy farming, and his mother was a schoolteacher. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Peter Meldrum Helped Found Myriad Genetics to Find Genes Linked to Inherited Cancers," 28 Dec. 2018 All of these were within close walking distance of Ratner’s, which was then the most famous Jewish dairy restaurant in Manhattan. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 Most dairies now have milking parlors and associated free-stall housing, which double or triple production per man-hour. Smithsonian, "This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Data," 11 July 2018 In Italian food, there is mixing of meat and dairy. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "In the US, Jews have been eating American Chinese food on Christmas for over 100 years.," 21 Dec. 2018 He is also expected to pay special attention to the commodities biggest in his district, including sugar beets and dairy, as well as animal health. WSJ, "Meet the New Agenda Setters in the House," 7 Nov. 2018 Natasha was severely allergic to dairy, banana, sesame seeds and nuts, the court heard. Fox News, "Teen with severe allergy died after eating baguette with hidden sesame seeds, family claims," 24 Sep. 2018 Any extreme is not healthy, so many dermatologists just recommend cutting down on excess dairy — multiple glasses of milk or servings of cheese a day — rather than eliminating it all together. 5. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "5 Reasons You're Getting Back Acne — And How to Make It Go Away," 7 Dec. 2018 Newsletter Sign-up Trade lawyers are not used to negotiations by tweet, let alone late-stage switches from arguing about cars to a focus on dairy (Mr. Blanchard thinks Mr. Trump changed tack after meeting farmers). James Mackintosh, WSJ, "A China Trade Deal or a New Cold War?," 13 Nov. 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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dairy

noun

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)

dairy

noun
\ ˈder-ē \
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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