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 It’s 11 inches wide and a little under 4 feet in length with three sections, two of which are designed to hold ice plus a center unit for condiments and other dry goods. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 Before a grocery trip, assess the dates on your dry goods. Kit Selzer, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Mar. 2022 With their rounded corners and stackable design, OXOs are must-haves for all of your dry goods. Malia Griggs, SELF, 11 Jan. 2022 There would also be deli meats, cheeses, dry goods, candy, bread and hot rolls. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Jan. 2022 The distribution boxes will include fresh produce, frozen meat protein, and holiday dry goods from Feeding San Diego. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2021 Items being requested, in good-to-great quality, include: furniture, clothing, children’s toys, cookware/dishware, and food (dry goods). cleveland, 14 Oct. 2021 From about 1906 to 1922, the store sold meat, groceries, wood, coal, oil and dry goods. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 6 July 2021 In 1920, Herbert and Anne Lahout sold groceries, wool products, ammunition, and dry goods from a horse and buggy in Littleton, New Hampshire. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, 18 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of dry goods

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Dry goods.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20goods. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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