noun, often attributive
\ˈder-ē \
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 destinations began with the decade-old Arethusa Dairy, both a production facility for the company’s dairy products and a popular ice cream shop that also sells Arethusa cheeses and milk. Gisela Williams, New York Times, "Five Places to Go in Bantam, Conn.," 20 June 2018 Also at the time the videos surfaced, Publix suspended shipments from the dairies involved. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Brutal cow abuse videos result in reforms, possible legislation," 15 June 2018 The dairy can hold up to 1,000 camels and Williams says supply will increase as demand grows. Rebecca Keenan, Bloomberg.com, "The World Wants More Camel Milk. Australia Can Help," 23 May 2018 All the large dairies in Ireland are investigating alternative varieties, including Edam and Gouda, says one big cheese in the industry. The Economist, "Fearing Brexit, Irish cheesemakers mull a switch to mozzarella," 28 Apr. 2018 While writing short stories, Mr. Lewis worked for Harvard’s financial aid office and at WGBH-FM, and also became a milkman for the DeNormandie and Verrill dairy in Concord. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Andy Lewis, Oscar-nominated for ‘Klute’ screenplay, dies at 92," 5 Apr. 2018 For one, dairy is one of the most common allergens among infants and children. Amanda Macmillan, Time, "This Type of Non-Dairy Milk is the Healthiest, Study Says," 30 Jan. 2018 The Saudi dairy Almarai is considering producing animal feed in the impoverished border province of Muthanna, Saudi and Iraqi officials said. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudis Open Iraqi Border and Forge Ties to Counter Iran," 23 Aug. 2017 David Crowl, who works with two of his sons, Parker and Tanner, did plant 250 acres of corn this year, but theirs is primarily a dairy farm home to 200 cows. The Aegis, "Roller coaster ride [Editorial]," 13 July 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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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 \
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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