gro·​cer | \ ˈgrō-sər How to pronounce grocer (audio) , -shər How to pronounce grocer (audio) \

Definition of grocer

: a dealer in staple foodstuffs, meats, produce, and dairy products and usually household supplies

Examples of grocer in a Sentence

Ask your local grocer if he sells organic fruits and vegetables.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, Omar Rabbo, a halal grocer in Fort Myers, Florida, was angry that local police wouldn’t arrest James Benjamin Jones, a 35-year-old White man who threatened to blow up Rabbo’s store, according to court records. Simone Weichselbaum And Joseph Neff, USA TODAY, "Hate speech cases are hard to win. So police, prosecutors use workarounds to jail white extremists," 1 Apr. 2021 Created by Marwan Saba, the owner of Hans Reh, a local grocer that specializes in fish conserves, and his daughter, Song-I Saba, Pyscis sells seasonal pelagic fish responsibly sourced from Spanish waters and packaged in limited quantities. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 1 Apr. 2021 Before Jenkins came along, the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood hadn’t had a grocer within five miles of the town center since 2005. Mara Weinraub, Country Living, "How One Woman Is Cultivating Food Justice in Her Community," 1 Apr. 2021 Lidl, a fast-growing discount grocer, will open in May on the lower level of a former Sears., "Will Baltimore-area shopping malls survive after the pandemic? They must make changes, experts say," 18 Mar. 2021 Her products are also available at Mashup Market, a vegan grocer in Denton, and a DeSoto vegan food truck called Snow on the Rox. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "The Boneless Butcher aims to become the first vegan butcher shop in North Texas," 15 Mar. 2021 Walmart continues to grow as the largest grocer in the U.S., the largest company in the world in terms of revenue, and the largest private employer in the world. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, "Top Stocks To Buy Today As Tech Leads Declines Again," 25 Feb. 2021 Yummy, a hybrid grocer in Los Angeles, is going one better. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why traditional retailers have the checkout blues," 14 Dec. 2020 The limits apply both to in-store and online purchases, added the grocer, which operates nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Stores see more panic buying as new coronavirus shutdowns loom," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of grocer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for grocer

Middle English, from Anglo-French groser wholesaler, from gros coarse, wholesale — more at gross

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The first known use of grocer was in the 15th century

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12 Apr 2021

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“Grocer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grocer

: a person who sells food and other supplies for people's houses


gro·​cer | \ ˈgrō-sər How to pronounce grocer (audio) \

Kids Definition of grocer

: a person who sells food and household supplies

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