gro·​cer ˈgrō-sər How to pronounce grocer (audio) -shər How to pronounce grocer (audio)
: 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 And so grocers are clearly under pressure to compete on price. Tyler Renaghan, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 Politically, though, big grocers make the most appealing target for Mr. Biden. Jim Tankersley, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024 The gourmet Italian grocer, in the spot previously occupied by the Red Sea convenience store, is expected to open in late May, according to owner Tommy George. Katherine Peralta, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 The grocer is also known for its outrageous price tags. Megan Schaltegger, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Jan. 2024 Yes, Costco, Walmart and Target, as well as most major retailers and grocers, are open on the holiday. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2024 The British grocer has boosted its grocery sales through discount offerings with its loyalty scheme card, alongside with a decline in food inflation that is being passed on to customers, Hunter highlights. WSJ, 10 Jan. 2024 Mass-market grocers like Nijiya Market, Mitsuwa Marketplace, and H-Mart continue to expand. Megan Zhang, Saveur, 31 Jan. 2024 At 3,200 square feet, the new Wilmore store is also the grocer’s largest. Katherine Peralta, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Grocer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


gro·​cer ˈgrō-sər How to pronounce grocer (audio)
: a dealer in food and household supplies

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