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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Trump has complained about the 270 percent duty that Canada imposes on dairy products. Paul Wiseman And Christopher Rugaber, USA TODAY, "Trump's tariffs: A closer look at what they are and how they will work," 9 July 2018 Trump has complained about the 270 percent duty that Canada imposes on dairy products. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tariffs: What they are and how they will work," 9 July 2018 Blue Slope has long been associated with AgriMark, a regional farm cooperative that markets milk and other dairy products like Cabot cheese. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Blue Slope Farm Sells Off Its Milking Herd," 2 July 2018 Trump has repeatedly attacked Canadian trade policies, citing triple-digit tariffs on dairy products, which account for about 0.1 percent of US-Canada trade. BostonGlobe.com, "Beef glut lowers prices ahead of Fourth of July holiday," 1 July 2018 Elsewhere, a China-U.S. trade war looks like good news for rival soybean, dairy, and meat exporters in neutral Australia, Brazil, and Argentina. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "New Trump import fees: How will China fight back?," 11 July 2018 The store’s new layout focuses on putting a focus on fresh food, produce, dairy and baked goods, the release said. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Remodeled Aldi store in Carpentersville set to reopen Thursday," 26 June 2018 However, Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market enabled the e-commerce giant to turn its organic grocery stores into mini-distribution centers for fresh and frozen foods, including dairy and seafood. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Grocery wars: Amazon offers home delivery in latest battle for Houston shoppers," 25 June 2018 But there are people who have either allergies, intolerances or other issues with dairy and these products can fill a nutritional gap. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Lots of choices for milk substitutes, but beware of sugar content | Miami Herald," 24 May 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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