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 The oldest of four Spielberg children and the only boy – named for his paternal grandfather who for years operated a dry goods store on Third Street – Steven was the natural leader to whom the other children looked up. Carol Sanger, Cincinnati.com, "From the archives: Steven Spielberg's Cincinnati roots," 18 Dec. 2019 There were at least 12 varieties of organic eggs and nice selections of dairy, frozen and dry goods not normally stocked at your usual grocery store. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Bag freebies and meet TV host Danny Seo at Sprouts grand opening Wednesday," 23 Aug. 2019 The mobile market carries nearly 200 products, including fresh and dry goods. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Everything you need to know about Kroger's mobile grocery store in Louisville," 15 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of dry goods

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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29 Dec 2019

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“Dry goods.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dry%20goods?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dry_go01. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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dry goods

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How to pronounce dry goods (audio)

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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