green·​gro·​cer ˈgrēn-ˌgrō-sər How to pronounce greengrocer (audio)
chiefly British
: a retailer of fresh vegetables and fruit
ˈgrēn-ˌgrō-sə-rē How to pronounce greengrocer (audio)

Examples of greengrocer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1950s, the city’s historic core island held 150,000 inhabitants — a number that dwindled to one-third that size as greengrocers’, butchers’ and fishmongers’ became trinket shops and tourist bars. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 The Nazis won the mail-in ballots from cruise ships, and there were not many greengrocers or sellers of rubber sponges to be found on board those. David Blackbourn, Foreign Affairs, 28 Feb. 2019 Each time Lola visits her grandmother, Eliane slips on her sun-yellow jacket, hops on her scooter, and heads to her favorite greengrocer at Aligre market to pick up ingredients for minestra. Rooksana Hossenally, Saveur, 12 July 2023 The outdoor fruit and vegetable sellers are known as the least expensive in Paris, and strive to maintain affordable prices for basics like tomatoes and potatoes no matter the economic climate, said Rémy Costaz, whose family has operated a greengrocer stand since 1905. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 Muhammad Radaqat, a 27-year-old greengrocer, is worried. Sophia Saifi, CNN, 2 Feb. 2023 Produce for the meal was mainly sourced from the local greengrocer, Frank Vork’s, as well as the nearby Italian deli. Ellie Pithers, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2022 Before the bustles, bustiers, and bottom paddings, the tartan and tailoring, Vivienne Isabel Swire was born on April 8, 1941, in the village of Tintwistle, Cheshire, to a sausage factory worker father Gordon and greengrocer’s assistant mother Dora. Ellen Burney and liam Hess, Vogue, 29 Dec. 2022 When receiving his Gambero Rosso best restaurant award in Italy on October 24 at a ceremony in Rome, Romito brought his fourth-generation greengrocer, Alessandro La Valle, on stage with him. Valentina Di Donato, CNN, 5 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1723, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of greengrocer was in 1723

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“Greengrocer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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green·​gro·​cer ˈgrēn-ˌgrō-sər How to pronounce greengrocer (audio)
chiefly British
: a person who sells fresh vegetables and fruit to the public
greengrocery noun

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