dry goods

plural noun
\ ˈdrī-ˌgu̇dz How to pronounce dry goods (audio) \

Definition of dry goods

1 : grocery items (such as tobacco, sugar, flour, and coffee) that do not contain liquid
2 : textiles, ready-to-wear clothing, and notions as distinguished especially from hardware and groceries

Examples of dry goods in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Residents of Brockton, Mass., say that James Edgar, the founder of a local dry goods store, was the first department store Santa. Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town and It’s Going to Cost You," 20 Nov. 2019 Snacks take up lots of space, so Robertson devised a pantry with tray shelves (which pull out so items in the far back are easily accessible) to stash all manner of dry goods. House Beautiful, "How Studio Dearborn Reimagined a Dark, Cramped Kitchen," 22 Oct. 2019 The original Peerce’s dates to 1937, when William Peerce opened Peerce’s Corner, a dry goods store that also sold beer and wine and had gasoline pumps out front, in what was then a decidedly rural setting. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Storied Baltimore County restaurant Peerce’s Plantation reopened by brothers behind Ananda and Ambassador Dining Room," 19 Sep. 2019 Over the years, the first floor was filled with various businesses — including a dry goods store, tailor shop, ice cream parlor, dentist, hardware store, and dance school — and there were apartments above. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "Near replica of 1859 building comes to life in Hingham Square," 28 Aug. 2019 At Gayatri General Stores, Bhavesh Patel, 44, and son Yash, 23, stood at their decade-old business, a small general store selling snacks, dry goods and toiletries. Joanna Slater, Washington Post, "Can India’s richest man take on Amazon and Walmart?," 9 Sep. 2019 Lord & Taylor, founded as a dry goods store in 1826, has struggled recently as more people move their shopping online. CBS News, "Lord & Taylor sold for $100 million to clothing-rental company Le Tote," 28 Aug. 2019 Lord & Taylor, founded as a dry goods store in 1826, has struggled recently as more people shop online. Joseph Pisani, chicagotribune.com, "Lord & Taylor chain, founded in 1826, sold to fashion rental site Le Tote, founded in 2012," 28 Aug. 2019 In March, Walmart added a line of Tasty kitchenware products to stores and also plans to soon stock Tasty licensed groceries, including deli, dry goods and frozen meats, according to the release. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Walmart now lets you instantly purchase ingredients in Buzzfeed’s Tasty videos," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of dry goods

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Dry goods.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20goods. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of dry goods

: items (such as tobacco, tea, and coffee) that do not contain liquid
US, old-fashioned : items made of cloth (such as fabrics, lace, and ribbon)

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