general store


Definition of general store

: a retail store located usually in a small or rural community that carries a wide variety of goods including groceries but is not divided into departments

Examples of general store in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her parents owned a general store and liquors sales operation. Jacques Kelly,, "Shirley Brown, professional storyteller and ceramics educator, dies," 21 Dec. 2020 The teen-aged Barnum learned the lessons of commerce working in a general store. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Is it true that a sucker is born every minute? The Watchdog takes a look," 24 Dec. 2020 His father had served with the police in Shanghai as well as in both the British and Canadian armies during World War I before settling in Gatehouse to run a general store. Phil Davison, Washington Post, "Hamish MacInnes, influential mountain climber, dies at 90," 8 Dec. 2020 His father, who had served with the Chinese police in Shanghai and later in the British Army during World War I, owned a general store. New York Times, "“Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish MacInnes.”," 3 Dec. 2020 Over the years, the community tucked within Sanford’s downtown district, had barbers, a blacksmith, a general store, jeweler, doctors, restaurants, a theater and several churches. Martin E. Comas,, "Sanford’s Georgetown neighborhood named to National Register of Historic Places," 9 Nov. 2020 The canal is approximately a block and a half north of Casey’s general store in Galesburg, directly behind Hansen Lumber Company. NBC News, "Family continues to plead for answers in 2018 death of son Tyler Smith as Illinois State Police launch investigation," 26 Sep. 2020 His duties include sitting on the front porch of the general store, taking pictures with visitors and chewing on bones. Washington Post, "After a tight race, a French bulldog was elected mayor of this small Kentucky town," 9 Nov. 2020 The three facets of the business work in synchronicity, with the general store also acting as the pantry or the café. Steve Smith,, "Heirloom Market continues to grow," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of general store

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of general store was in 1827

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16 Jan 2021

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“General store.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of general store

: a store usually in a small town that sells many different things including groceries

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