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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August 2001 — Turkish grocer Habil Kilic is killed in Munich. Fox News, "A brief history of German neo-Nazi group NSU," 11 July 2018 Although the shares of HelloFresh, which debuted on Frankfurt’s stock exchange in November, have risen by 24%, analysts are concerned that both services may fall prey to competition not from rival startups, but from big grocers. The Economist, "Upstart meal-kit companies may need a new recipe for growth," 12 Apr. 2018 Instacart’s place is as a partner to an increasing collection of 300 grocers — from Aldi and Costco to regional players like Wegmans — to deliver items from their stores to customer doors. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Instacart’s new $7 billion valuation is a bet on the future of grocery delivery — not a wager against Amazon," 16 Oct. 2018 Despite a booming downtown Seattle residential population that has attracted other retailers, such as grocer PCC Community Markets, this location apparently no longer makes sense for Bed Bath & Beyond, which has at least 10 others within 25 miles. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Bed Bath & Beyond will close its downtown Seattle store," 27 Aug. 2018 The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., has reached an initial agreement with cooperative grocer The Merc to operate a downtown grocery store. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "New location, operator for downtown Kansas City, Kan., grocery store revealed," 10 July 2018 Though a good variety of Connecticut produce, baked goods and other food products were offered, the farm stand faced, and still faces, competition from local grocers who offer the same types of products including those locally grown. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 26 June 2018 The low-cost German grocer Aldi is opening two new local stores — in Charlotte and in Huntersville. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Low-cost German grocer to open two more Charlotte-area stores," 11 July 2018 His father was a grocer and his mother was a homemaker who became an accountant for fashion entrepreneur Ralph Lauren. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Ira Berlin, transformative historian of slavery in America, dies at 77," 6 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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