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 Weekly quiz This supercenter began as a family grocer in 1934. Benzinga, Detroit Free Press, "China trade deal and big banks' earnings lift markets," 19 Jan. 2020 The major exception is grocer Giant Eagle, which eliminated plastic bags outside of Brooklyn, Cleveland, Independence and North Olmsted, which have opted out of the county ban. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Plastic bags still reign in Cuyahoga County, despite ban: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020," 8 Jan. 2020 Armed with a business degree from the University of Texas, Mr. Lindig joined Nelson Davis & Son, a wholesale grocer in Austin. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Sysco CEO Bill Lindig, Who Helped Create Food-Service Giant, Dies at 83," 3 Jan. 2020 Shauna Coxey, a top British climber, is sponsored by Aldi, a grocer. The Economist, "For Olympic climbing’s route-setters, a blank wall is a canvas," 18 Dec. 2019 The history of Purdue Pharma is rooted in the lives of the three Sackler brothers, sons of Jewish immigrants who were grocers in Brooklyn. Washington Post, "The Other Sackler: Inside a widow’s campaign to protect her husband’s name from the opioid addiction epidemic," 27 Nov. 2019 Walmart is America's largest grocer and controls around 20% of the fragmented US grocery industry, according to Morgan Stanley estimates. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Why Walmart is giving its produce section a makeover," 20 Nov. 2019 Of no surprise to anyone was that Paul Ma was a grocer and restaurant owner. Ashley Rose Young, Smithsonian, "How Food Brought Success to a Chef, a Cookbook Author and a Restaurateur," 16 Oct. 2019 His father was a wholesale grocer who wrote plays in his retirement., "‘‘For me, picture books are little theaters one holds in the hand and operates by turning the pages,’’ he once wrote. ‘‘I make my books for everyone, not just children. All of us are either children or have been children.’’," 14 Oct. 2019

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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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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Grocer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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