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 The Latter-day Saint congregation met first in a schoolhouse, Amott said, and then on the upper floor of a granary before the church was built around 1900. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Feb. 2021 The festival took a few years off during World War II but returned to San Jose in 1946 for a Columbus Day Festival, to benefit the mission’s granary. Paula Allen,, 24 Oct. 2020 Masten stored these finds on the floor of his granary for public viewing. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian Magazine, 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, 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, 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, 28 Oct. 2019 They are known as granary trees and represent a unique characteristic of acorn woodpeckers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 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, 12 June 2019

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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 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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