gro·cer | \ ˈgrō-sər , -shər \

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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In Ocado’s latest Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC), 65,000 orders a week are prepared for some of the grocer’s 645,000 online customers. The Economist, "Ocado, the tech startup you thought was a supermarket," 24 May 2018 Along with other retailers, a number of grocers have reported increases in sales in recent months, though many have had to keep prices low to drive consumers into their stores. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Climbing Gas Prices Didn’t Keep Consumers From Spring Spending," 15 May 2018 The test program announced Thursday, June 28, 2018, could make Kroger the first U.S. grocer to make deliveries with robotic cars that won't have a human riding along to take control in case something goes wrong. Author: Ann D'innocenzio, David Koenigap, Anchorage Daily News, "Faster delivery of nearly everything is the next big thing," 1 July 2018 Since November, as Ocado has started to look more like a tech company than a marginally profitable grocer, its share price has more than quadrupled., "Britain’s Robot Grocer Is Coming to the U.S.," 15 June 2018 While Amabile definitely has a passion for produce, the grocer also seems to just love food in general. Madison Roberts,, "The Bachelorette's 'Grocery Store Joe' Is Also an Instagram Restaurant Critic and It's Adorable," 7 June 2018 Consider the syrup, which the average organic grocer sells for anywhere from $0.75 to $1.25 an ounce. Michael Easter, Outside Online, "Costco Is a Performance Athlete's Dream," 31 May 2018 Eventually, Isadore Lang, who made his fortune as a wholesale grocer, moved into the mansion and members of his family lived there for half a century. Janet Eastman,, "1885 Victorian mansion opens up: Updating without erasing character (photos)," 22 Mar. 2018 Giant Food has started selling HelloFresh meal kits in its stores, the grocer announced Tuesday. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Giant Food will sell HelloFresh meal kits in supermarkets," 5 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of grocer

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


gro·cer | \ ˈgrō-sər \

Kids Definition of grocer

: a person who sells food and household supplies

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