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

Examples of dairy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The area's factories, including the meat and dairy plants that became hot spots, have attracted thousands of immigrant workers, lending the county seat, Fort Morgan, big city diversity. Author: Reis Thebault, Abigail Hauslohner, Anchorage Daily News, "A deadly ‘checkerboard’: Covid-19′s new surge across rural America," 24 May 2020 The area’s factories, including the meat and dairy plants that became hot spots, have attracted thousands of immigrant workers, lending the county seat, Fort Morgan, big city diversity. Washington Post, "A deadly ‘checkerboard’: Covid-19′s new surge across rural America," 24 May 2020 Trump and his daughter Ivanka have personally heralded the USDA’s new program, which is meant to deliver boxes of fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy to food banks, churches and other nonprofits. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s Food Aid Program Gives Little Funding to the Northeast, Where Coronavirus Hit Hardest," 22 May 2020 As part of the recently announced aid program, the Department of Agriculture has committed to buying $100 million in produce, meat and dairy products each month through the end of the current fiscal year. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "On Politics: Rattling Money Out of Congress’s Piggy Bank," 27 Apr. 2020 In a speech to fellow protesters, Phoenix called out the meat and dairy industries for their role in the climate crisis, according to the Fire Drill Fridays' Twitter account. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Joaquin Phoenix and Martin Sheen arrested in Jane Fonda's weekly climate change protests," 10 Jan. 2020 Most were asking for specifics on the promotion, whether Sugarpine would offer ice cream by the cone (no) or with a dairy-free ice cream option (yes). oregonlive, "On Sunday, Sugarpine will sell you drive-thru ice cream for Mother’s Day -- so long as you wear a mask," 9 May 2020 Use dairy-free chocolate chips to make these guys vegan. Margaux Laskey, New York Times, "21 Quarantine Baking Recipes for Every Skill Level," 7 May 2020 For a sweet treat, the caramelized honey latte and dairy-free maple caramel oatmilk coffee sound delightful. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Be Your Own Barista with Starbucks Recipes You Can Make at Home," 30 Apr. 2020

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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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29 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dairy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dairy. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for dairy

dairy

noun
How to pronounce dairy (audio)

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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