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

Definition of greengrocer

chiefly British
: a retailer of fresh vegetables and fruit

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

Examples of greengrocer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Black Lives Matter, a Presidential Election, the Green Grocer, and Us," 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, "Why Are Some Journalists Afraid of “Moral Clarity”?," 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, "The Woman Who Made Modern Journalism," 29 Feb. 2020 Turkish greengrocers are most likely to be found in the former West Berlin, while Vietnamese stores are a hallmark of the East. Washington Post, "In Berlin, quirky reminders linger from East-West divide," 4 Nov. 2019 Next was a quick visit to one of Sadr City’s oldest markets, where butchers and fishmongers, greengrocers and cloth sellers work cheek by jowl. New York Times, "‘Our Patience Is Over’: Why Iraqis Are Protesting," 20 Nov. 2019 On its swarming 57-acre site in Battersea wholesalers are flogging fruit, vegetables and flowers to London’s greengrocers and restaurateurs. The Economist, "Greta Thunberg accuses rich countries of “creative carbon accounting”," 17 Oct. 2019 Instead, Eliza married Freddy, and Higgins’s friend Colonel Pickering set up the newlyweds in a flower shop that lost money for years until the couple introduced vegetables and went into the black as greengrocers. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 In town, the greengrocer finds a fuzzy, marmot-like creature with elephantine ears in a crate of oranges. Frances Leech, Longreads, "Forgetting the Madeleine," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of greengrocer

1723, in the meaning defined above

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“Greengrocer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of greengrocer

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

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