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

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That’s especially true of dairy farmers like David Crowl, whose family operates Crowl Bros. Inc. at Garden Fence Farm near Rock State Park. The Aegis, "Roller coaster ride [Editorial]," 13 July 2018 The town purchased the land from dairy farmer Bernard Zinke. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Gilbert will auction off land it was blasted for overpaying for nearly a decade ago," 12 July 2018 That’s because dairy farmers have started cutting their prices to wholesalers to offset the higher tariffs, reducing their profits. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "U.S. trade war with China, other countries: Layoffs, reduced hours, thinner profits," 6 July 2018 Wisconsin dairy farmers are worried about retaliatory tariffs from Mexico. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Trump's trade war comes to Wisconsin," 30 June 2018 Other candidates seeking the district's Senate seat are Republican Sen. Sine Kerr, a dairy farmer who was appointed to fill the seat, and Democrat Michelle Harris. CBS News, "Court rules state lawmaker booted from office over harassment claims can run again," 28 June 2018 Zug had been a province of poor dairy farmers until laws enacted in the 1940s reduced the effective corporate tax rate to zero. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 Want to know how many dairy farmers there are in Wisconsin, or how many people in Los Angeles work as agents for actors, celebrities, and other public figures? Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Why regional economies still matter," 16 June 2018 Canada and Mexico, meanwhile, have announced new tariffs on yogurt and cheese, hitting California dairy farmers. Emily Cadei, sacbee, "California farmers, politicians won't feel full impact of Trump tariff wars until fall," 15 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 \
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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