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 The whole experience is meant to feel like a visit to the corner grocer, and there is evidence this kind of approach helps people live healthier lives. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 May 2022 The huge spike in its valuation was prompted by emerging news over the weekend that Morrisons had become a takeover target for CD&R, potentially sparking a bidding war for the grocer. Mark Faithfull, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Third, companies may also consider if their intraorganizational or operational features already signal a liberal political ideology (for example, a grocer known for organic, fair-trade goods) and communicate policies consistent with that ideology. Isabella Bunosso, Scientific American, 27 May 2022 Which major grocer in Northeast Ohio was returning to the days of no plastic shopping bags. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 6 Apr. 2022 Schaller & Weber, a New York City German grocer, is celebrating Oktoberfest by hosting a pop-up in its open-air garden through October featuring German and Austrian cuisine, and beers on tap. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2021 Ruth Hanna, a Hood River grocer’s daughter, became pregnant at 16. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 For example, whereas a food grocer will try to incentivize daily purchases with the same customer, an electronic store will focus on upselling existing opportunities. Bagrat Safaryan, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Even using cards with Visa and Mastercard logos, a Russian consumer’s payment to a Russian grocer is processed using NSPK. Jennifer Surane,, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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24 Jun 2022

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“Grocer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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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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