gra·​na·​ry ˈgrā-nə-rē How to pronounce granary (audio) ˈgra- How to pronounce granary (audio)
plural granaries
: a storehouse for threshed grain
: a region producing grain in abundance
: a chief source or storehouse

Examples of granary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There the researchers found what appeared to be a granary, a beehive or globular-shaped hole in the ground typically built to store grain or corn. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 9 Apr. 2024 The amount of taxes owed was often linked to agriculture, with a certain percentage of a field’s harvest earmarked for state-run granaries or administrative storage centers. Kate McMahon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Julien grew up in Indiana, where his father operated several granaries. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 Thousands of California wells are at risk of drying up despite landmark water law Faria turned toward downtown, mentioning that business owners are trying to hang on but that the old granary by the railroad tracks closed not long ago. Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 Enlarge / Food security in developing nations is particularly affected by animal species like the red flour beetle which has specialized in surviving in extremely dry environments, granaries included, for thousands of years. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 27 Dec. 2023 During anthropological fieldwork from 1999 to 2006, Dr. Naji explored high mountain valleys, focusing on the collective granaries where villagers stored their crops. Aida Alami, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2023 China’s granary Numerous villages and large areas of farmland were also flooded in the city of Wuchang, another major rice producing city in Heilongjiang, and authorities there are still counting the damage. Nectar Gan, CNN, 7 Aug. 2023 That, in turn, will drive up demand and prices for shipping, and reduce what granaries pay for crops. USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Latin granarium, from granum grain

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of granary was in 1570

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“Granary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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gra·​na·​ry ˈgrān-(ə-)rē How to pronounce granary (audio) ˈgran- How to pronounce granary (audio)
plural granaries
: a storehouse for grain
: a region producing plenty of grain

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