dairy

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

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The Bay City Times says the three all worked at a dairy farm. Fox News, "Immigrant siblings charged in dairy co-worker's death," 12 Sep. 2018 Until 2016, only a handful of kids in Orwell, the one-store Vermont town where Stefanie and her husband own a dairy farm, knew how to ski. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 So some shops that were open gave meat and dairy products to customers in hopes of getting paid later, since the goods won’t last without refrigeration. Jorge Rueda, The Seattle Times, "Weary Venezuelans adapt to more nationwide power cuts," 26 Mar. 2019 Certain meats and dairy products contain xenoestrogens—artificial hormones that imitate estrogen. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "The Best—and Worst—Foods for Vaginal Health," 22 Mar. 2019 Fridge Mode is for your everyday items, including fruit and veggies, dairy products, meats, and drinks (at 32 to 44 degrees). Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "This High-Tech Fridge Helps Food Stay Fresh Longer," 13 Feb. 2019 Strict fasting laws allowed for one meal a day, so long as no meat, wine, oil, or dairy products were involved. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 11 Jan. 2019 Certain restrictions on the sale of US dairy products to Canada will be lifted. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "I’m starting to think Mexico isn’t going to pay for the wall," 20 Dec. 2018 Meat, fish, milk, and fermented dairy products like cheese and yogurt all contain specific fatty acids, giving each type of food residue its own chemical signature. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread," 14 Sep. 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 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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