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Definition of dime-store

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : inexpensive dime-store perfume
2 : tawdry, second-rate dime-store philosophy

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Definition of dime store (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of dime-store in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the southeast corner of the square was Walton’s, the five-and-dime store Sam Walton opened in 1950 that now serves as the home of the Walmart Museum. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, 20 Nov. 2019 Once confined to dime store spinner racks, Marvel’s creations have burst free of their humble roots, hulking out into one of the most successful transmedia empires on the planet. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Kmart started in 1899 when founder Sebastian Spering Kresge opened a five-and-dime store in downtown Detroit bearing his name. Chris Isidore, CNN, 25 Nov. 2021 From Sebastian Kresge's first five-and-dime store in 1899 to now, the store has gone from a dynasty to bankruptcy. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 22 Nov. 2021 The last Michigan store is in Marshall, a suburb of Battle Creek, in the western part of the state. Kmart started in the late 19th century when founder Sebastian Spering Kresge opened a five-and-dime store in downtown Detroit bearing his name. Chris Isidore, CNN, 9 Nov. 2021 There were more shops — a fruit store, the five & dime store — and everything was on the main street. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 18 June 2021 At the time, America's premier five-and-dime store chain billed the new Woolworth's lunch counter as the city's largest. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 1 June 2021 Leon Broad opened a dime store there, and his wife kept the books. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 1 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dime-store


1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Dime-store.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dime-store. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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