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 For the pantry variety, most go after grains and dry goods: cereals, crackers, rice, and other stored foods, according to Orkin entomologist Chelle Hartzer. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Moths in Every Part of Your Home, According to Experts," 21 Jan. 2021 The morning-class students had been furnished with a box of some dry goods and were in charge of shopping for the rest themselves. Joe Ray, Wired, "Zoom Serves Up New Friends in a Roman Kitchen," 20 Dec. 2020 The shelves of dry goods in the restaurant’s small anteroom offer a hint. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Obsession-Worthy Tacos at Yellow Rose," 11 Dec. 2020 In general, a five-gallon bucket usually holds more than 30 pounds of dry goods, which contains more than 40,000 calories. Popular Science, "How to stock your pantry to endure a long, uncertain winter," 9 Nov. 2020 Begun by a cigar or cigarette that fell into the basement of a dry goods store on the site of the present-day Royal Farms Arena, the fire burned for 30 hours, eventually engulfing 80 blocks and 1,500 buildings. Emily Opilo, baltimoresun.com, "Think Baltimore’s mayor-elect is young? Meet the pack of 30-something mayors who preceded him," 24 Nov. 2020 When the fairgrounds gates opened in Dallas, volunteers waved cars through rows of orange cones to receive a 15-pound box of produce, dry goods, a frozen turkey, and a loaf of bread. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "One in six Americans could go hungry in 2020 as pandemic persists," 24 Nov. 2020 The former Lillian Bernice Patz, daughter of Benjamin Patz, a dry goods store owner, and his wife. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Lillian B. Hackerman, whose extensive philanthropy included homes away from home for hospital patients and their families, dies," 22 Oct. 2020 In general, a five gallon bucket usually holds more than 30 pounds of dry goods, which contains more than 40,000 calories. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "How to Stock Up on Food and Supplies for a Long, Uncertain Winter," 31 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of dry goods

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Dry goods.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20goods. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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