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

Other Words from dairy

dairy adjective
dairy products

Examples of dairy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Still, New Hampshire residents take particular pride in their ice cream, if not the state’s entire dairy industry. Charles Passy, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Some people see this push as a deflection from the dairy industry. Morayo Ogunbayo, ajc, 13 June 2022 The dish likely made its way to Japan in the late 1800s, but because the country had very little dairy industry, cooks substituted potato fillings for the cream in croquettes. New York Times, 8 June 2022 The dairy industry is one of the worst contributors to the climate catastrophe. Nardine Saadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 Of these three states, Jalisco is the one with the largest production; these were the first states in having a dairy industry. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Roth said Ohio Processors, owned by Doug Smith, is very knowledgeable about the dairy industry and is impressed by Pierre’s facility and team. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 19 Apr. 2022 Creating a high-value secondary market for whey could help the dairy industry, says Samuel Alcaine, a food scientist at Cornell University. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 This year’s program focuses on the dairy industry, an integral part of Pine Castle’s early years. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dairy. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for dairy


\ 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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