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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The test program, announced Thursday, could make Kroger the first US grocer to make deliveries with robotic cars that won’t have a human riding along to take control in case something goes wrong., "Rubius Therapeutics to build manufacturing facility in R.I.," 29 June 2018 Before long the grocer could be eating more firms’ lunch. The Economist, "Ocado, the tech startup you thought was a supermarket," 24 May 2018 Lidl plays close to the vest German grocer Lidl received approval for a store on East Debbie Lane just east of Matlock Road last year. Nicholas Sakelaris, star-telegram, "Market Street opens Friday in Mansfield. But what about that H-E-B? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 23 May 2018 The grocer had seen a report that Amazon may have been interested in buying the chain in the past. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "How Amazon Is Using Whole Foods in a Bid for Total Retail Domination," 21 May 2018 Grand opening The grocer celebrates its grand opening 7 a.m., Wednesday, May 16, with their own meaty twist on the traditional red-ribbon cutting. Nikki Delamotte,, "Lucky's Market opens second store in Ohio at Cleveland's Shoppes on Clifton (photos)," 15 May 2018 The grocer is preparing to open a Clear Lake store in the former Hancock Fabrics at El Camino Real and Bay Area Boulevard. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Grocery stores are filling Houston’s new and old spaces," 5 July 2018 His mother was a hairdresser and his father an executive at Jewel Tea Co., a grocer. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Donald Brinckman Found a Grubby Business and Turned It Into a Wall Street Darling," 30 June 2018 Edelson said one possibility could be a smaller grocer that offers more specialty foods, perhaps to cater to the area’s Latino population. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Once again, an Oakland Mills Village Center grocery closes," 25 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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