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

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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 Follow the mud-brown river past Louisiana’s chemical plants, oil refineries, granaries, ports, and the rail networks and highways that spring from its fingers. Katia Dmitrieva,, "In Louisiana, Trump’s Trade War Spooks America’s Biggest Port," 27 June 2018 The region’s canyons are home to an estimated 100,000 archaeological sites dense with rock art, hogans, granaries, pots, and baskets. Abe Streep, Outside Online, "The Tribes v. Donald Trump," 1 May 2018 The woodpeckers have learned that the granary tree is the best way to do this. Ernie Cowan Outdoors,, "One of nature’s hoarders," 7 Apr. 2018 It was assumed that mice didn’t really begin hanging out with humans until the dawn of agriculture, some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago—lured to our homes and towns by kitchens full of crumbs and granaries full of wheat. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Mice Have Called Human Houses Home for 15,000 Years," 29 Mar. 2017 Mao Zedong commanded a 1958 war on the vermin afflicting Chinese granaries, encouraging the extermination, over a two-day period, of all fleas, flies, rats and sparrows. Raj Patel, New York Times, "Have a Banana. On Second Thought, Don’t.," 14 Apr. 2017

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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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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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