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.

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That said, grocers and other retailers have proven more amenable to higher prices on new flavors or styles of an existing product than to raising prices on familiar packaged foods, whose sales have fallen. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "With a Pinch of Innovation, Food Makers Raise Prices," 19 Dec. 2018 Restaurants and grocers are rushing to satisfy the exact same demand. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "Consumers Love Food Delivery. Restaurants and Grocers Hate It.," 9 Mar. 2019 During the two-week period of chaos, a grocer and two teens were shot and killed. Chandra Fleming And Emma Tomsich, Detroit Free Press, "Ice Cube surprises thousands during Metro Detroit Youth Day at Belle Isle," 11 July 2018 All that uncertainty makes alternate revenue streams crucial, especially for grocers, which generate much skimpier margins than, say, fashion or luxury retailers. Matthew Boyle, The Seattle Times, "Amazon has a big advertising business. Walmart wants one too," 19 Feb. 2019 How to join the effort My simple challenge to restaurants, resorts, grocers, caterers or individuals hosting large events is to be cognizant of your food waste. Kelley Coats, azcentral, "Wait, are you going to toss that food? A Phoenix area group can help," 16 Dec. 2016 The grocer is investing $3.4 billion to build new stores across the U.S. with a goal to expand from 1,750 locations to 2,500 stores by the end of 2022., "Aldi hiring for new Timonium grocery store," 23 May 2018 Microsoft has also signed up the likes of Macy’s, Walmart and European grocer Ahold Delhaize, which would prefer not to pay Amazon for critical technology. Dina Bass, The Seattle Times, "Kroger, Microsoft test futuristic grocery store in Redmond. Amazon, take note.," 7 Jan. 2019 Advertising everything from auto shops and grocers to bars and chapels, Carey's work started from a simple commercial core (NextCity profiled him in 2017, noting Carey would even offer retouches to businesses for $10 or $15). Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course," 23 Nov. 2018

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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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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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