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

Recent Examples on the Web Up until now, Jeni’s ice creams — which include Gooey Butter Cake, dairy-free Lemon Bar and new Buttercream Birthday Cake — have only been available locally in packaged pints at supermarkets, including Whole Foods, Ralphs and Bristol Farms. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Long-awaited Callie restaurant in East Village to open June 4," 4 May 2021 Believe it or nut, this shop, with locations in Echo Park and Glendale, is vegan and dairy-free. Los Angeles Times, "Demi Lovato-Bigg Chill feud gives us an excuse to celebrate L.A.’s punniest fro-yo shops," 27 Apr. 2021 The cafe, which is entirely gluten- and dairy-free, has robust, but not overwhelming, breakfast and lunch offerings. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 23 Apr. 2021 The grain-free, dairy-free bites have an egg and quinoa base flavored primarily with herbs and vegetables grown in Southern California. Brandon Schultz, Forbes, "8 Top Snacks From Around The World You Can Try Without Leaving Home," 12 Apr. 2021 For dairy-free potatoes, try using a combination of vegetable or chicken stock and vegan butter in lieu of the milk and cream. Katy Severson, chicagotribune.com, "How to make mashed potatoes," 28 Mar. 2021 Grain-free puffs, nacho bean chips, dairy-free cheddar chips and plant protein bars are just a few offerings that have landed in recent boxes. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The tastiest snack subscription boxes for any craving," 24 Mar. 2021 All snacks are vegan, non-GMO, dairy-free and gluten-free. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "40+ Asian-Owned Businesses to Support Right Now," 23 Mar. 2021 With vitamins that are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, meat-free, and allergen-free from shellfish and nuts, these vitamins are accessible for most people. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "14 women-owned health and wellness brands to shop now," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of dairy was in the 14th century

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12 May 2021

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“Dairy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dairy. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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