dry goods

plural noun
\ ˈdrī-ˌgu̇dz \

Definition of dry goods 

: textiles, ready-to-wear clothing, and notions as distinguished especially from hardware and groceries

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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 Peek-a-boo shelving runs in a U-shape above the open kitchen counter, high above the centerpiece of the action displaying select spices and dry goods. Kelly Dobkin, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside the New Momofuku Ko Bar," 5 June 2018 The association said stores on average have a 15-day supply of dry goods, but fresh food would run out or spoil before then. Washington Post, "Truckers’ strike leads to fuel shortages in Brazil," 24 May 2018 His grandmother, who owned an Edmondson Avenue dry goods business, raised him. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Herbert Beckenheimer, grocer who owned Brown's and Food King markets, dies," 21 May 2018 Accompanying add-ons are fresh landscaping, a trash enclosure with trellis, and a storage area for dry goods. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Board gives mixed reviews to proposed projects," 4 May 2018 His father was a successful dry goods merchant in Manitowoc before the family moved to Omaha, Neb., in the 1880s and founded Brandeis Department Store. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin victims and survivors of the sinking of the Titanic ranged from doctors to kids," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dry goods

1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dry goods was in 1657

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English Language Learners Definition of dry goods

: items (such as tobacco, tea, and coffee) that do not contain liquid

: items made of cloth (such as fabrics, lace, and ribbon)

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