gra·​na·​ry | \ ˈgrā-nə-rē How to pronounce granary (audio) , ˈgra- How to pronounce granary (audio) \
plural granaries

Definition of granary

1a : a storehouse for threshed grain
b : a region producing grain in abundance
2 : a chief source or storehouse

Examples of granary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Masten stored these finds on the floor of his granary for public viewing. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Story of Charles Willson Peale’s Massive Mastodon," 6 May 2020 Circle back to the center through narrow lanes and past ancient granaries, ramparts and historic fortifications (one now famous as a leaning tower). Hugh Biggar, Washington Post, "Krakow has history, culture and shops. Up the river, so does Torun — minus the crowds.," 26 Feb. 2020 The Food Corporation of India’s granaries, in which the government stocks food grains for use during calamities, have been overflowing for most of last year. Aarefa Johari, Quartz India, "High food inflation in India is forcing families to choose between good meals and education," 14 Jan. 2020 On a warm October morning, a small group of visitors, including reporters for The New York Times, had a preview of the collection in the ground-floor former granary on Via della Lungara where the Torlonia Collection was installed around 1875. New York Times, "A Storied Collection of Ancient Sculpture Will Finally See the Light," 28 Oct. 2019 They are known as granary trees and represent a unique characteristic of acorn woodpeckers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Woodpecker offers unique clue that winter is coming," 19 Oct. 2019 Your camp is on a sandy beach near Nankoweap Rapids, overlooked by a set of 900-year-old Ancestral Puebloan granaries. Robert Earle Howells, National Geographic, "Discover the Grand Canyon's less-trafficked trails," 12 June 2019 At at little over $190,000, the sale included a granary, mill, and 4 large stone homes all within the historic city of Lugo, just a short day trip to the beach or nearby Portugal. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Tired of Your One-Bedroom? You Can Own This Entire Town For Less Than A U.S. Home," 17 May 2019 Located in a former granary, Armani Silos, which started welcoming visitors in 2015, houses 600 garments that provide a 40-year overview of Giorgio Armani’s career. Andrew Ferren, WSJ, "Italy’s Hottest New Destination? Yes, Milan," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of granary

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for granary

Latin granarium, from granum grain

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“Granary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of granary

: a building in which grain is stored


gra·​na·​ry | \ ˈgrā-nə-rē How to pronounce granary (audio) , ˈgra- \
plural granaries

Kids Definition of granary

: a building in which grain is stored

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