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 Tom Thumb, the other grocer at that intersection, is on the northeast corner. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Natural Grocers will close its North Dallas store to make it bigger," 15 Jan. 2021 Amazon, Whole Foods' parent company, introduced free, one-hour grocery pickup to Prime members on purchases of $35 or more at any of the grocer's locations nationwide. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "You Can Now Pick Up Your Groceries at Whole Foods in Just 1 Hour," 26 Oct. 2020 Her father, a grocer, died of starvation and typhoid. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, "Betty Berman, Holocaust survivor and Mia docent, dies at 90," 19 Dec. 2020 During his first month, a spat between a Korean grocer and a Haitian customer escalated into a boycott by Black customers and disruptive demonstrations staged for television cameras. Washington Post, "David Dinkins, New York City’s first Black mayor, dies at 93," 23 Nov. 2020 AutoStore believes that its warehouse system, in particular the system for moving and lifting robots around stacked storage bins to retrieve items, is at the base of the British online grocer’s technology. Deirdre Hipwell,, "Ocado Faces Fresh Patent Infringement Lawsuit in U.K.," 9 Nov. 2020 That site has been leased by a national grocer that Puma declined to name. Ron Hurtibise,, "Winn Dixie will replace Earth Fare in Boynton Beach. Here’s the rundown on vacant groceries in South Florida.," 6 Nov. 2020 Trader Joe’s is a top of the line grocer to have, and their presence will lead the growing lineup of retailers at MidCity. Paul Gattis |, al, "Trader Joe’s already under construction at MidCity District in Huntsville," 19 Oct. 2020 But Asda has also struggled over the years to maintain its foothold as a low-price grocer as discounters Aldi and Lidl grabbed market share. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Walmart’s Brexit Goes Smoothly," 2 Oct. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Grocer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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