green·​gro·​cer | \ ˈgrēn-ˌgrō-sər How to pronounce greengrocer (audio) , -shər \

Definition of greengrocer

chiefly British
: a retailer of fresh vegetables and fruit

Other Words from greengrocer

greengrocery \ ˈgrēn-​ˌgrō-​sə-​rē How to pronounce greengrocer (audio) , -​ˌgrōsh-​rē \ noun

Examples of greengrocer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His father, Mario, was a greengrocer during the Depression, then worked in construction. New York Times, 28 Oct. 2021 Dario Portale, a local greengrocer, and his family, were among them. New York Times, 18 May 2021 He was born in 1899 above his father’s greengrocer shop in the unremarkable town of Leytonstone in Essex, northeast of London. John Banville, The New Republic, 1 Apr. 2021 Alfred Hitchcock was born in a suburb east of London in 1899, the youngest of three children of William Hitchcock, a greengrocer, and Emma, a Catholic who had insisted her husband convert. Farran Smith Nehme, WSJ, 26 Mar. 2021 In the usual greengrocer’s arrangement, layers of oranges are stacked such that each orange touches twelve others. Dan Rockmore, The New Yorker, 31 Dec. 2020 Thus the sign helps the greengrocer to conceal from himself the low foundations of his obedience, at the same time concealing the low foundations of power. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 14 Sep. 2020 The greengrocer, under totalitarianism, doesn’t and can’t have an opinion; the putting up of the sign doesn’t appear to be subject to debate. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 24 June 2020 The New Yorker’s Joseph Mitchell went to the waterfront to write about clammers and fishermen, before John McPhee started hanging out with greengrocers, Tarbell was visiting out-of-the-way sectors and practicing immersive journalism. Liza Mundy, The Atlantic, 29 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of greengrocer

1723, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of greengrocer

: a person who works in or owns a store that sells fresh vegetables and fruit

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