dairy

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noun, often attributive \ ˈder-ē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of dairy

plural dairies
1 :a room, building, or establishment where milk is kept and butter or cheese is made
2 a :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

dairy

adjective
    • dairy products

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Origin and Etymology of 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 Defined for English Language Learners

dairy

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noun

Definition of dairy for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

dairy

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noun \ ˈder-ē \

Definition of dairy for Students

plural dairies
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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