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

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The two-story market sells fruit, vegetables, dry goods, and meat on the first floor; the second floor has a hippy-dippy bent, with incense, henna tattoos, piercings, and woven backpacks. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "13 Best Markets in Mexico City," 5 Mar. 2018 During the reinspection all dry goods were checked and a report was issued by the inspector indicating that no bugs of any kind were found, as well as no out-of-date food. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Tennessee parents upset by school's response after students find maggots in cafeteria food," 9 Sep. 2018 Penn State recommends sealing dry goods like cereal, pasta, rice, quinoa, flour, sugar, and pet food in sturdy, airtight containers to prevent silverfish from reaching these tempting food sources. 2. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish," 25 July 2018 His father, Frank, and his mother, Sara, owned a farm and a dry goods store. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Frank Ramsey, First Among ‘Sixth Men’ in the N.B.A., Dies at 86," 8 July 2018 Goddard ended up running a shop selling dry goods, stationary and books up until her death on Aug. 12, 1816; her will freed her slave, Belinda, and left Goddard’s possessions to her. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Remembering the Woman Who 'Signed' the Declaration of Independence," 4 July 2018 The project additionally proposes adding a 173-square-foot car wash equipment room and a 430-square-foot storage room to store dry goods. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Planners approve cell trees, car wash, street upgrades," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of dry goods

1657, in the meaning defined above

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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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